A recent report ranking cities on their tax favorability shows New Orleans scored the highest among midsize cities, while Baton Rouge and Shreveport were listed as the top two small cities in the study, a news release says.
KPMG’s 2012 “Competitive Alternatives: Focus on Tax” study is a global comparison of the total tax burden that may be faced by companies in 113 cities throughout 14 countries. Those include corporate income taxes, capital taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, miscellaneous local business taxes and statutory labor costs, according to a KPMG news release.
According to the study, New Orleans had a total tax index of 67.7, representing tax costs 32.3 percent below the U.S. baseline of 100.
Baton Rouge and Shreveport scored 66.5 and 70.3, respectively. Their scores also reflect a tax burden significantly lower than other small cities nationwide.
NEW ORLEANS — Adams and Reese has added an office in Tallahassee, Fla., with the addition of attorneys and staff from the Igler & Dougherty PA.
A. George Igler will serve as partner in charge of the Tallahassee office.
Adams and Reeses already has Florida offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota and Tallahassee increases the firm’s size to more than 50 attorneys in Florida.
The firm now has 14 offices in 13 markets, with more than 300 attorneys and advisers.
The firm also has offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge; Memphis, Tenn.; downtown Nashville and Nashville Music Row, Tenn.; Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Houston; Jackson, Miss.; and Washington, DC.
CenturyLink workers in 13 western states have voted to authorize a strike if union leaders can’t reach a new contract with the communications company.
The Communications Workers of America announced Monday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action.
The union and CenturyLink, of Monroe, are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees, who formerly worked for Qwest Communications, before the current contract expires Saturday night. The employees include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers.
The union approved a strike in 2008 but a work stoppage wasn’t ordered.
CWA spokesman Al Kogler said the union opposes a proposed increase in health-care premiums.
Compiled from Advocate staff and Associated Press reports
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