Editorial

Citizens are lunch for legislators

“Today, I don’t feel like we’re a band of brothers,” [Sen. J.P. Morrell] said. “I feel like we’re packs of wolves.”
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June 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm
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What makes a man a true father?

There are many men to which we can ascribe the title of father. Read More...
June 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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Tough session for business may lead to tougher re-elections

The business lobby notched a small win on the final day of the legislative session last week when a handful of bills targeting Louisiana companies and the taxes they pay were given a three-year expiration dates. But it only slightly sweetened what was otherwise an an unsavory end to a painful two months. Read More...
June 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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Legislators’ misplaced priorities

Our Louisiana legislators are paying lip service, but, apparently, not attention to the fact that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 has at least a $1.6 billion deficit.Read More...
June 12, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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Revenue secretary looking past pivotal session role

At the same time Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield was playing a lead legislative role for Gov. Bobby Jindal this session, primarily trying to make sure lawmakers avoided a net tax increase, other politicos were encouraging him to run for mayor of Baton Rouge. Read More...
June 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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Cost of consulting contracts questioned - again in Louisiana

A version of a bill to reduce the state’s consulting contracts that was unanimously passed by both chambers of the Legislature last year before being vetoed by Gov. Bobby Jindal appears to be heading back to his desk. Read More...
June 05, 2015 at 10:23 am
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Rep. Jim Fannin misleads House colleagues - welcome to ‘a fiscal abyss’

I’ve often wondered where the legislators get such outrageous information they give their constituents.Read More...
May 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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Louisiana lawmakers give up their independence with ‘toothless’ LFO

In 1973, the Legislature created the Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to provide independent analysis and advice to the legislature on state fiscal matters. Read More...
May 22, 2015 at 8:22 am
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PAC activity in Louisiana governor’s race even more super-charged

There’s no shortage of super PACs in this year’s gubernatorial race, meaning the special political action committees that can raise unlimited amounts of money but cannot coordinate with the candidates and campaigns they’re spending cash on. Read More...
May 22, 2015 at 8:15 am
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PAC activity in Louisiana governor’s race even more super-charged

There’s no shortage of super PACs in this year’s gubernatorial race, meaning the special political action committees that can raise unlimited amounts of money but cannot coordinate with the candidates and campaigns they’re spending cash on. Read More...
May 22, 2015 at 8:15 am
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Chronic House vote-changing unabated

At the end of each day while the lege is in session, members of the House queue-up at the House podium and ask the Clerk of the House to change how they voted on various legislation.Read More...
May 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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Children produce fruit of the vine

It wouldn’t be natural for us to expect to get grapes from our strawberry vines, nor would we expect cantaloupes from our blackberry vines because it is obvious that the fruit produced is derived from the vine from which it grows.Read More...
May 15, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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Is state ignoring its major problem?

Louisiana presents to its citizens a difficult problem.
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May 15, 2015 at 11:59 am
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Louisiana lawmakers preparing for more fiscal work in 2016

Lawmakers can only create new taxes or increase them in odd-numbered years, leaving even-numbered years to host their regular sessions. But a constitutional amendment by Rep. Harold Ritchie, D-Bogalusa, would move their fiscal sessions, like the one being held now, to even-numbered years instead. Read More...
May 15, 2015 at 11:55 am
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Inventory tax repeal equals biz tax increase

You have to wonder how much thought the business community has given to the impact of repealing the ad valorem tax on inventories.Read More...
May 08, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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PAR: Cut legislative, judiciary budgets

There are only two areas of state government that have standstill budgets for the next fiscal year: the legislative and judicial branches, with $108 million and $176 million proposed, respectively. Read More...
May 08, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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