|Louisiana ‘fiscal cliff’ redux
November 21, 2012 at 9:10 am
It’s that time of year when Team Jindal tells us the horror story about the "fiscal cliff."
|Behind fiscal cliff lies fiscal swamp
November 21, 2012 at 9:09 am
The nation’s long election ordeal is over. While that may be good news, we must temper it with the fact that Congress is now back in session.
|What this election will mean to businesses
November 18, 2012 at 10:41 am
The French have an expression: "Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose." The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may well be the most accurate description of the outcome of the 2012 national elections.
|Regional elections have wider impact
November 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
By John Maginnis
No candidates ran statewide on the Nov. 6 ballot, but the impacts of three regional races will be felt statewide, one nationally perhaps.
|Is civics taught anymore?
November 01, 2012 at 9:49 am
There used to be a course taught in the 10th grade in Louisiana high schools called civics. I don’t know if it is even being taught today. Based strictly on anecdotal evidence, it doesn’t appear to be taught any longer.
|Move over Saudi Arabia
November 01, 2012 at 9:48 am
Throughout my 40 years representing the business community—first with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and then with LABI—I have been a student of energy issues and energy economics. I was in Lafayette when the streets were paved (figuratively speaking) with black gold; and I was there when the oil patch crashed and brought Louisiana down with it.
|Spending is a bipartisan obsession
October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am
If you engage with government long enough, as I have, it is hard not to become cynical. Then again, cynics often see an unfiltered version of the truth. At this moment, politics weigh heavily upon voters who care. In a few weeks, we will determine who will occupy the White House and Congressional seats for the next four years. Here in the Bayou State, a tumultuous legislative session looms in the spring. The nexus of much of the turmoil in both Baton Rouge and Washington has to do with the desire to spend money greatly in excess of the amount available to spend.
|Doing the Jindal shuffle
October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am
Allegedly due to revenue shortfalls, Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued hiring freezes, pay freezes and the elimination of per diems for those in the Executive Branch of government.
|Louisiana, Alabama compete for BP dollars
October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am
By John Maginnis
Here near the peak of both football and election seasons, it seems strange for a Louisiana senator to side with one from Alabama in a dispute in which Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is agreeing with President Barack Obama’s. The odd bedfellows are hard to keep up with as negotiations with BP move toward a settlement of the federal case brought against it for the massive oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.
|How our state stacks up nationally
October 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm
The Tax Foundation has released its 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index. It ranks Louisiana in the bottom half of states at 32nd (the lower the number, the better the score in this index). The Tax Foundation data is timely. Louisiana’s budget problems (many of them self-inflicted) continue to mount, and some in the Legislature are demanding that businesses pay higher taxes.
|Exercise your spiritual senses
October 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm
The spiritual reality surrounding us is even so much more real than the natural, physical, tangible realm that we can see, hear and feel each day. It is but a matter of exercising our spiritual senses in order to recognize it.
|Politicians argue over who pays for Isaac
October 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm
By John Maginnis
Following Hurricane Isaac, after most of the debris has been removed, power restored and extra food stamps distributed, political squalls continue over who should pay how much of the bill. Not surprisingly, the approaching presidential election gives rise to the latest disturbance.
|What manufacturing means to state
October 12, 2012 at 9:03 am
Oct. 5 has been designated "Manufacturing Day" in the U.S. It is appropriate to reflect upon the role manufacturing plays in our economy nationally and here in Louisiana.
|Water must be kept healthy
October 12, 2012 at 9:02 am
Water is perhaps one of the most important substances in keeping the world healthy. And the name of Nancy Rabalais has been prominent in southeast Louisiana for almost three decades in her studies of it.
|House moves forward to the past
October 04, 2012 at 9:05 am
Representative "Chuckle" Kleckley is clearly the worst Speaker of the House in Louisiana history.
|Iran is major threat to world
October 04, 2012 at 9:04 am
The main threat from nuclear weapons today comes from Iran. The country is believed to be nearing the stage of developing such a weapon that could be used for extensive destructive purposes by next summer.
|Special session was called only 18 months ago
September 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm
There are many recent media reports regarding Rep. Dee Richard’s initiating a petition for the leges to call themselves into a special session.
|Jindal’s lap dogs don’t bite
September 21, 2012 at 9:33 am
Recently, various members of the lege have been whining about Bobby Jindal closing hospitals and prisons in their districts.
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