|Audit turns spotlight on tax assessments
July 19, 2013 at 9:26 am
An investigation conducted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office not only poses questions about the state Tax Commission’s practices, but also its politics.
|Taxpayers forced to pay for outside counsel to defend Louisiana
July 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm
On Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court handed-down a decision declaring unconstitutional the only piece of Bobby Jindal’s 2012 "pension reform" plan to pass the legislature. The court said it didn’t pass.
|Train wreck delayed, not prevented
July 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm
The Obama administration announced on July 2 that the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for many employers to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty was being pushed back by one year.
|Legislators let Jindal finish their work
July 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Legislators left Baton Rouge last month feeling pretty full of themselves for having defied the governor by rewriting his budget to their liking.
|Senate President Doesn’t Want Veto Session
July 03, 2013 at 7:47 am
Members of the Legislature’s upper chamber usually do what their popular Senate president wants them to do.
|Partisanship has no place in regulatory bureaucracies
June 27, 2013 at 11:24 am
Much has been said, and deservedly so, about the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups regarding their applications for tax-exempt status.
|Early Senate contest waged in Washington
June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am
If you’re looking for signs of life locally out of next year’s battle for the U.S. Senate, then look further north. That’s where Sen. Mary Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat, and GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, her lead challenger on the 2014 ballot, are plying their trade.
|Session ends but problems, conflicts continue
June 21, 2013 at 10:46 am
Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didn’t result in the need for a follow-up Special Session.
|State construction is a vicious cycle
June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am
The taxpayers of Louisiana are constantly paying for new state buildings because maintenance of existing buildings is not a priority.
|Does Jindal’s lame duck status float?
June 21, 2013 at 10:43 am
Though 30 months remain in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s second term, political observers are looking closely for signs that his power has crested or that his tight grip on state government has loosened. While he is term-limited, this may not be Jindal’s final stretch in the Governor’s Mansion; he has hinted at times to a future comeback, in the tradition of former governors Earl Long and Edwin Edwards.
|Driver’s license or passport needed?
June 14, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recent federal law requires that in order to use one’s driver’s license as an I.D. for boarding a flight on a commercial airline the license must include certain information in the magnetic strip.
|Huey Long Bridge Run great way to spend Father’s Day
June 14, 2013 at 9:21 am
If you’re into running and sightseeing, there’s no better way to spend Father’s Day Sunday than to go to Bridge City and enter the first Huey P. Long Bridge Run. There will be a lot of memories revealed in the minds of at least the older folks in our community.
|Looking back at the election from hell
June 07, 2013 at 9:20 am
Perhaps the lowest point in my career with LABI and my involvement with Louisiana politics was the infamous "Election from Hell" in 1991: Edwin Edwards versus David Duke. Throughout the month after the October primary election, media from around the world descended upon Louisiana to chronicle the race between the scandal-tainted former governor and the Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. One would win and one would lose, but the real loser in this race was Louisiana’s image.
|What’s at the end of the road?
June 07, 2013 at 9:20 am
The Senate Finance Committee approved increasing the state’s Operating Budget mostly using more one-time and highly-suspect revenues.
|Will Jindal, Landrieu face off?
June 07, 2013 at 9:19 am
By Jim Brown
Two seasoned political pros, who have lost a bit of their luster, may make the same big grab for political limelight in Washington. And what would be a surprise to many, they just might be racing against each other. Incumbent Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, the state’s longest serving statewide elected official, is hoping to extend her career in Washington for another six years. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has lost a good bit of his traction on the national scene and is looking for a place to land, may be taking a close look at challenging Landrieu next year.
|Obama administration - where ignorance is bliss
May 31, 2013 at 9:39 am
If FDR had the same advisors that Barack Obama has, he wouldn’t have known that Pearl Harbor had been bombed until media reports filtered back to the mainland.
|Senator misses the mark
May 31, 2013 at 9:38 am
In the Sunday Advocate, Sen. Dan Claitor said this regarding House Bill 703: [T]he legislation [is] "a political poke in the eye and a waste of our time."
|Jindal won’t hear of tax to aid deaf
May 31, 2013 at 9:37 am
By John Maginnis
Given the steep decrease in telephone land lines and the explosion in cell phones, the legislative bill to adjust the tax to pay for telecommunications services for the deaf seemed fair and reasonable.
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