Dan Juneau

Proposal would keep hundreds of billions in private economy

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.

December 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

National senate race coming into focus

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.Read More...
August 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

Something has to give on federal, state levels

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.Read More...
July 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Is there a vat in our future?

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.” Read More...
May 06, 2010 at 11:36 am

One-time revenue is a risky, shortsighted policy

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.Read More...
April 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

Health care summit didn’t accomplish anything

The much-ballyhooed “health care summit” between President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans was held last Thursday. Read More...
March 04, 2010 at 11:28 am

'Loophole' closures or job killers?

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.”Read More...
February 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

Can Obama learn from Monty Python?

The English comedy troupe, Monty Python, isn’t exactly high brow humor. Read More...
January 28, 2010 at 10:40 am

Time for country to make resolution of restoring economy

The New Year is a time for resolutions-resolutions we commit to as a means to better ourselves and the communities around us. Read More...
January 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

Will our election system be changing?

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.Read More...
October 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Charter schools are making a difference

Recently released scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” show that charter schools in Louisiana are outperforming charter schools nationally and are holding their own with traditional public schools in both Louisiana and the nation, as a whole. After a bumpy start, the charter school initiative in Louisiana appears to be paying dividends. Perhaps nowhere is that underscored more than in the newly formed charter school alliance in New Orleans.Read More...
October 04, 2007 at 7:03 am

Mortgaging our children’s future

I have previously written in this column about the destructive spending practices of the federal government. I recently came across the text of a speech that David Walker, the Comptroller General of the United States, gave to an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) audience on September 8. Please give serious attention to the following excerpts from his speech.Read More...
September 20, 2007 at 8:13 am

Things are heating up in Louisiana politics

Record setting temperatures buffeted Louisiana last week, driving the mercury past the 100 degree mark. But the thermometer wasn't the only thing heating up in the Bayou State. Storm clouds-literally and figuratively-were enveloping the horizon.Read More...
August 23, 2007 at 9:53 am

Get ready with this candidate questionnaire

Whether we like it or not, election season is here. Yard signs and billboards are popping up all over the landscape, and a few early television commercials are airing, with smiling-faced candidates saying little about issues but trying to convince us that they deserve our trust, support—and money. Read More...
July 25, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Stiffed again on medical re-design in Louisiana

Close to the end of the recently completed legislative session, the Legislature—obviously with the support of the governor—stiffed the taxpayers of Louisiana for $300 million. Perhaps it was hard to notice this obscene gesture cast in our direction because of the stampede of spending going on at the same time. However, it deserves to be noticed by everyone who pays taxes in any form or fashion to the state treasury.Read More...
July 19, 2007 at 9:52 am

Louisiana: the nanny state

Governor Blanco caused quite a stir during the closing days of the recent legislative session when she chided legislators by telling them that “Mama” wasn’t very happy with their actions and would have to “discipline” them if they continued to “misbehave” by pursuing too many tax cuts. Signs popped up on many legislators’ desks expressing the sentiments that the governor wasn’t their mother and their constituents wanted different spending and tax reduction proposals than those in favor with the governor.Read More...
July 12, 2007 at 8:42 am

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Parish president proposes $101M budget for 2018
Parish president proposes $101M budget for 2018
Saying the administration has been kept on a path of "sustainability," Parish President Larry Cochran has proposed a $101 million budget for 2018.