An examination in state surplus
November 01, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recently, Team Jindal announced a potential (unconfirmed) $162.9 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Not all legislatures paid the same, report shows
November 01, 2013 at 9:22 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

While all Louisiana legislators receive the same base salary, those in leadership positions receive bonuses. Plus, payments for per diems and mileage can help even the lowliest lawmaker land a spot in the top rung alongside the best paid from both chambers.

Legislative auditor’s influence is growing
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

When he was nominated for the position of legislative auditor in 2010, Daryl Purpera told then Times-Picayune reporter, now Senior Audit Analyst Ed Anderson, “What we want to be is a fact-finder, not a prosecutor.”

Yet another myth from our legislators
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am
Whenever the leges are unable to accomplish something, they complain about the governor having too much power. They say the answer to reducing the governor’s power is to have a constitutional convention.

Lawyer fees spark political argument
October 18, 2013 at 9:42 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

The question of how lawyers should be paid for representing governmental bodies has sparked a public argument between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and former Congressman Jeff Landry, an exchange that’s beginning to show sings of turning into an election battle in 2015.

Common Core controversy on BESE's agenda
October 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

The controversy over Common Core has reached the responsible party. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold hearings on the new guidelines for instruction and testing at its meetings that begin Oct. 15.

Borderline bribe precedes loss of license
October 04, 2013 at 9:14 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

In making his transition from puncher to promoter, James Johnson of Shreveport thought it might help his situation to offer the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission a “large donation” to help move the licensing process along—and he did so in writing.

True Louisiana job figures are finally revealed
September 27, 2013 at 11:10 am
Those of us who live in Louisiana are constantly bombarded by press releases from Team Jindal about all the jobs that Bobby Jindal has created since he has been in office.

Fall brings optimism for business community
September 27, 2013 at 11:09 am
I love this time of year. As summer winds down and the kids head back to school with new shoes, haircuts and attitudes, the air is filled with promises of great grades, perfect classroom behavior and meticulous attention to nightly homework.

What’s next for the budget reform coalition?
September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am
For starters, the organization will continue to be referred to as the Fiscal Hawks, whether its membership likes it or not.

Is a college education necessary?
September 20, 2013 at 10:18 am
There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about the importance of having a college education.

Farm bill comes down to food stamps again
September 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
By Jeremy Alfrod and John Maginnis

Most folks don’t realize that what’s included in the federal Farm Bill has the potential to touch every corner and affect practically all aspects of Louisiana, from the cornfields in the north and sugar cane in the south to insurance for all of the crops in between.

Words of caution for those in the business community
September 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
This will be my next to last column as President of LABI. I thought I would use it to share a few words of caution to my friends in the business community.

Legislator pay varies greatly across nation
September 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

According to the latest salary breakdown compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the annual base salary of a Bayou State lawmaker is $16,800. But that doesn’t represent total compensation. Lawmakers also get a $6,000 per year unvouchered expense allowance and a $149 per diem, which is paid out for every day of official work.
The numbers can add up quickly.

Did the attorney general break the law?
September 06, 2013 at 9:45 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

In the ongoing debate over an already-historic lawsuit filed by a New Orleans area levee board against 97 energy companies, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is now accusing Attorney General Buddy Caldwell of breaking the law.

More privacy intrusions unearthed
August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
Every day seems to unearth more claims of unwarranted privacy intrusions upon private citizens by the National Security Administration (NSA) and the myriad other agencies and contractors that comprise its national security apparatus. Almost as soon as President Obama, members of his administration and key members of Congress deny claims of privacy violations, more evidence appears challenging the veracity of those statements.

Politics finally catch up with Seafood Board
August 30, 2013 at 8:58 am
By Jeremy Alfrod and John Maginnis

Last week saw Ewell Smith resign as executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board after 13 years of service. And despite the lengthy reign, it was really only the last two years that did him in, thanks in large part to coastal lawmakers.

Racial voting trends are changing
August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

With important federal and state elections just around the corner, consultants, politicians and pollsters are trying to make sense of Louisiana’s voter registration numbers, which have slowly been morphing into a new kind of southern electorate.

Former DHS, LSU ace still chasing the dream
Former DHS, LSU ace still chasing the dream
By Lori Lyons

There comes a time in every athlete’s life when he or she realizes, it’s time. It’s time to quit chasing the dream and give up the game.

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