|Gunfire hits close to home
May 16 at 11:58 am
It was a horrifying sight to see some 19 people gunned down while watching a second line march on Mother’s Day.
|We need to stop the election madness
May 16 at 11:57 am
It seems every few weeks there is an election in Louisiana. Whether it is a special election or a school board wants to pass a tax issue, voters are being overloaded with too many elections.
|Economy of southeast Louisiana set to grow in several directions
May 16 at 11:56 am
Southeast Louisiana could soon be one of the most productive metropolitan areas in the country.
|House doesn’t address huge fiscal concerns
May 16 at 11:55 am
On Friday, as I watched the Louisiana House of Representatives debate the state’s Fiscal Year (FY) 14 budget I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to certain fiscal concerns that I didn’t hear addressed in the debate.
|Is B.R. becoming D.C.?
May 10 at 9:29 am
The more I watch the goings on at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, the more it looks like the U.S. Capitol in D.C.
|House set to advance $300 million business tax increase
May 10 at 9:28 am
The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a package of bills Monday that will become vehicles for a proposed $329 million tax increase. Of that total, $315 million would come from businesses. That would represent the largest tax increase on businesses in recent times (perhaps ever). The size of the tax increase will have a huge negative effect on economic development, but beyond the size, the haphazard way the plan is designed would lead to huge implementation problems and great uncertainty about Louisiana’s tax code for businesses.
|Obamacare heads towards troubled waters
April 25 at 9:36 am
There is good news and bad news for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The good news is that it is nearing full implementation next January 1. The bad news is that the legislation remains unpopular with the voters, and it is highly likely that the launch of the program will be problematic at best.
|We can’t let crazies run our lives
April 19 at 9:24 am
Explosions occurring this week at the Boston Marathon lead us to believe that the president of North Korea is not the only crazy person in the world. Everywhere you go there can be tragedy caused by those who have some inexplicable reason to cause it.
|Unsolicited advice on tax reform
April 19 at 9:24 am
One positive aspect of being around a long time is seeing lots of folks whack at the pińata of reform with varying degrees of success. I, too, have taken my swings at the paper mâche donkey and occasionally saw the candy hit the ground. Tax reform is arguably the toughest genre of reform to achieve. Why? Because everyone is impacted by the tax code, and everyone becomes a stakeholder in the process. In most other areas of reform, fewer people care about what is happening. That isn’t the case when government at any level starts to dictate what taxpayers can keep and what they must render to Caesar.
|First challenger to Landrieu steps up
April 05 at 1:47 pm
By John Maginnis
Now that the Republicans have a congressman to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu in 2014, the question becomes: will they have two?
|Local churches celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
April 05 at 1:45 pm
In the 1930s Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, and among the messages asked that a Feast Day be established in the Church the Sunday after Easter in honor of His Divine Mercy.
|Sales tax plan revealed...sorta
March 22 at 10:15 am
Thursday, Bobby Jindal made a rare appearance at the State Capitol . He materialized before the House Ways and Means and Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committees (the tax committees) in support of Rep. Joel Robideaux’s plan for increasing the state sales taxes and repealing the personal income tax and some other taxes — maybe.
|‘Climate change’ proposal could delay major job-creating activities
March 22 at 10:14 am
Folks who are working hard to expand our stagnant economy in the face of government-imposed headwinds had to be upset if they read the March 14 article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek entitled "Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change." President Obama enjoys expanding laws he likes beyond the edge of the envelope and ignoring laws he doesn’t like. He knows that the Republican majority in the House of Representatives do not share his views on "climate change," formerly referred to as "global warming." He once again plans to go around them.
|Things that caught my eye
March 15 at 9:58 am
Add $239 more to the budget hole: If things weren’t bleak enough for the state’s fiscal outlook, more bad news came this week in the form of a $239 million federal court judgment against Louisiana. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sued the state to force repayment of Medicaid funds. The over-payments were sent to our charity hospitals between 1996 and 2006. HHS filed suit to get the funds after the state didn’t respond to demands for reimbursement. If the federal government executes that judgment during the course of Fiscal Year 2013-2014, the billion-dollar budget hole will get even larger.
|Jindal wants to fix what's working
March 15 at 9:56 am
By John Maginnis
As the state awaits the release of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s grand tax swap plan, his press office is in campaign mode, responding rapidly to any discouraging words, particularly those spread in the media. Deputy communications director Michael Reed, in fact, was hard at work Sunday morning ferreting out perceived skepticism and innuendo in the daily prints regarding the tax plan and the state’s economic performance.
|Does dining together unite us?
March 15 at 9:55 am
Some nice things seem to be coming out of our two-party system this past week. Instead of resistance and antagonisms as appeared in the past, there is friendly chat and nice talk about government business between our divided executive and legislative branches.
|Maybe Louisiana can turn it around
March 08 at 10:54 am
There’s a lot going on in Louisiana politics these days. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is seriously planning to run for governor, as we hear. And there is obvious reason for that. He would be a likely winner.
|Jindal vies to be Obama’s top critic
March 08 at 10:53 am
By John Maginnis
If Sen. Mary Landrieu would just get out of his way, Gov. Bobby Jindal could fully focus on his quest to be the leading critic of President Barack Obama this side of the Beltway. Outside of Washington, where congressional Republicans are being blamed as much as or more than the president for the fiscal crisis of the month, there is a competition to be the leading voice of dissent from the GOP heartland--and Jindal is right in there.
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