Editorial

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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Economic secretary facing final session, replacement unknown

Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret was peppered with questions by members of the Senate Finance Committee last week and offered them a mini-preview of several business issues to be debated in what will be his final session working for the governor. Read More...
May 01, 2015 at 10:07 am
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St. Charles Parish - Public wants accountability on the parish’s tax proposals

With 6.2 mills of property taxes proposed for a levee protection system and wastewater system upgrades, St. Charles Parish residents told parish officials they acknowledged the need but wanted more accountability before they’d pull the lever for the referendums at the May 2 election.Read More...
April 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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Louisiana House Ministry of Propaganda

As I have noted before, the Louisiana Lege has one of the best websites in the country for getting information about what our leges are doing, especially during lege sessions.
Recently, while searching for some information I saw the “News Link” page of the House Communications Office.Read More...
April 17, 2015 at 11:41 am
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Opening of session ignites race for House speaker

Although the governor has traditionally enjoyed tremendous influence over whom the House selects as its leader — and even though the gubernatorial contest is far from being decided — there are already 10 representatives who tell LaPolitics they are either running for speaker or are considering the internal race. Read More...
April 17, 2015 at 11:37 am
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DHS student taking mother’s heritage to 'Olympics of Irish dancing'
DHS student taking mother’s heritage to 'Olympics of Irish dancing'
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When Sarah Taylor saw her cousin Irish dancing while visiting family in Belfast, she thought, "This is what I want to do."