As lawmakers complain, Jindal’s poll numbers climb

By Jeremy Alford

Last week when higher education officials were scrambling to figure out whether they would need a seed loan to cover cash-flow payments, Gov. Bobby Jindal was in New York attending a meeting of the Republican Governor’s Association. The following day, when the Appropriations Committee passed a $75 million supplemental bill to re-balance the current fiscal year budget, he was in Florida speaking to the American Federation for Children. Read More...
May 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

Don’t reward the avoidance of problems

At Monday’s Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”) meeting, the group rejected including in the FY15 budget $54 million in savings proposed by the New York consulting firm of Alvarez and Marsal as unsubstantiated.Read More...
May 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Give people a chance to be good neighbors

Not many of us have lived in the same house our whole lives. We’ve experienced the trial of moving into a new residence, perhaps knowing no one on the street to which we’ve moved or even the neighborhood, town or state. It can cause feelings of loneliness or perhaps depression. Read More...
May 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Lawmakers second guess red money keeping budget in black

When the state signed a cooperative endeavor agreement last summer with the Russian-based company EuroChem, lawmakers barely took notice. Read More...
May 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Christianity, good citizenship go hand in hand

By Deacon G

How many of us turn on television or read the newspaper and instinctively know that something will be proclaimed wrong with government? And to be truthful, how many of us agree with the criticism before we completely know all the facts of the story? Seems government is the everyday citizen’s “whipping boy.” We blame it for all of the world’s problems, as if it could wave its magic wand and all would be well, yet refuses to do so.Read More...
May 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

Session enters final stretch

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

There are only a few weeks remaining until legislators will adjourn their regular session on June 2. For bills that have not passed their house of origin, time is a factor.Read More...
May 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

We need to show care, comfort and compassion

By Deacon "G"

Care, comfort and compassion: basic human needs that can only be measured by their outcomes; components of love that we should show to each other.Read More...
May 09, 2014 at 10:59 am

Delinquent taxpayers will help balance budget

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

With lawmakers working to plug holes in the state budget that takes effect July 1, a new amnesty program is on the move that could offer delinquent taxpayers much more in the way of waivers than originally projected. Read More...
May 09, 2014 at 10:57 am

BESE members already drawing challengers

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Holly Boffy, who was the state teacher of the year in 2010, could have another distinguished former educator challenging her next year.Read More...
May 02, 2014 at 9:51 am

Congressman may have kissed his career goodbye

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28. Read More...
April 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

Moret backtracks on state’s ‘booming economy’

In a fit of unusual candor, the ethically-challenged head of economic development, Stephen Moret, admitted that Louisiana was NOT experiencing an economic boom.Read More...
April 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Easter is a time to rejoice

Have you planned a special celebration for Easter Sunday?
April 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Will GOP endorse Cassidy campaign?

With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.Read More...
April 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Bill would put turnout target on tax elections

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
State Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, wants lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would force local governments and political subdivisions to adhere to new guidelines for tax elections. The coming debate could be a barnburner, pitting the business lobby against school boards, parish councils, police juries, mayors and other local entities. Read More...
April 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

Marriage - Who needs a piece of paper?

By “Deacon G” Gautrau

Most of us wouldn’t buy a car from someone who couldn’t supply us with a clear title. We wouldn’t just bring any infant home from the hospital without a birth certificate telling us the baby is ours and we wouldn’t buy a house without a warranty deed. There are things we can’t do without a license, such as driving, hunting or fishing.Read More...
April 04, 2014 at 9:17 am

Mary Landrieu takes aim at ‘Jindal Gap’

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Even though she’s busy running her own race, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is lending a hand to the policy campaign being undertaken by state Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa. Read More...
April 04, 2014 at 9:15 am

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