|Focus on temporary revenue in crunch time
June 02, 2011 at 3:03 pm
It was quite a week on the fiscal front at the state Legislature. Accusations and epithets were flying as crunch time began to approach in the effort to reconcile state spending with the amount of revenues that has been certified as being available to place in the budget.
|Our business climate matters
May 27, 2011 at 9:45 am
The current national economic downturn is the worst the nation has experienced since the economic malaise of the early 1980s. Many of us in Louisiana remember well how that terrible recession and the plunge in energy prices devastated our state's economy. Thousands of Louisiana businesses went bankrupt or left the state, and millions of our workers moved away to find employment elsewhere. It took a full decade for our economy to begin to find solid footing again. It was the most painful economic era since the Great Depression for our people.
|Good, bad legislation when it comes to education
May 20, 2011 at 11:58 am
Most of the buzz surrounding the current legislative session has revolved around the projected $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget.
|Budget problems main focus in Baton Rouge battle
May 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm
The 144 members of the Legislature didn’t exactly enjoy the recent Special Session on redistricting. As noted in previous columns, redrawing districts to correspond to population changes enumerated in the federal census is an exercise that invariably creates hard feelings.
|Budget chairman moves toward fiscal sanity
April 15, 2011 at 9:28 am
If you don’t know much about Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee in Washington, you may want to Google him. You will be hearing a lot from him and about him in the years to come.
|State’s approach to secondary education chaotic
March 11, 2011 at 10:01 am
The evolution of post-secondary education in Louisiana emulates neither efficiency nor logic.
|We deserve action and answers on federal debt
February 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm
For decades, through numerous Congresses and presidential administrations led by both parties, budget deficits have expanded and the federal debt has soared. (If you would like a jolt of reality, you can go to http://www.usdebtclock.org and watch the hands of the clocks turn feverishly.) In a few weeks, our federal government will once again bump up against the federal debt limit, currently at $14.3 trillion.
|Oil, gas drilling unlikely to return to normal
January 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Left entirely to the whims of the Obama administration, there is little hope that oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will remotely resemble the pre-moratorium activity levels any time soon. The regulatory agencies that oversee energy production are expanding faster than a bad fungus in a rain forest, but none of the expansion is fostering a return to energy exploration and production in the Gulf. In fact, it appears to be having just the opposite impact.
|Proposal would keep hundreds of billions in private economy
December 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm
As soon as the outlines of a deal between President Obama and Republicans to extend tax rates were announced, jihad was declared by liberal members of Congress and the left-leaning blogs.
|National senate race coming into focus
August 19, 2010 at 10:50 am
The House and Senate elections in November are going to say a lot about the mood of the voters and the outlook for national politics going forward. Republicans are widely expected to perhaps secure a majority in the House of Representatives and unseat the extremely liberal House leadership. But the Senate is another matter.
|Something has to give on federal, state levels
July 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Something has to give. The federal government has run up obscene budget deficits, yet Congress and the Obama administration continue to push for more spending.
|Is there a vat in our future?
May 06, 2010 at 11:36 am
As the national debt swells to unsustainable levels and federal spending continues unchecked, the folks who gave us our huge financial problems are casting about for a “solution.”
|One-time revenue is a risky, shortsighted policy
April 15, 2010 at 10:19 am
The push is on at the state Capitol to raid dedicated funds in order to plug future budgets with one-time revenue-a risky and shortsighted policy. To understand why this practice is fiscally irresponsible, a look at the recent past is important.
|Health care summit didn’t accomplish anything
March 04, 2010 at 11:28 am
The much-ballyhooed “health care summit” between President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans was held last Thursday.
|'Loophole' closures or job killers?
February 11, 2010 at 10:37 am
Buried within the thousands of pages of the Obama Administration’s proposed budget for 2011 are billions upon billions of dollars in new taxes. Calling many of the tax increases “loophole closers,” the budget clearly states the president’s intent to repeal “subsidies for fossil fuels so that we can transition to a 21st century energy economy.”
|Can Obama learn from Monty Python?
January 28, 2010 at 10:40 am
The English comedy troupe, Monty Python, isn’t exactly high brow humor.
|Time for country to make resolution of restoring economy
January 21, 2010 at 11:51 am
The New Year is a time for resolutions-resolutions we commit to as a means to better ourselves and the communities around us.
|Will our election system be changing?
October 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm
A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court may have significant implications for how we elect candidates for statewide and legislative offices in Louisiana.
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Little more than a week after officials from 14 parishes took a trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby against potential flood insurance rate hikes, some of those same officials convened with Sen. David Vitter at the home of a Bayou Gauche couple.
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