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

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

Is state ignoring its major problem?

Louisiana presents to its citizens a difficult problem.
May 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reflecting on divine mercy, public revelation

As I reflect on what devotion to divine mercy is for me, I am aware that I would be totally depressed and left to my wretchedness without His mercy. I would be hopeless and wallowing in a mud puddle of my sins and disorders….Read More...
April 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

Make a difference in the world

There are some people who, by the nature of their jobs, get to make a difference in the world every day. These include, but certainly are not limited to teachers, policemen, health care professionals, and high school guidance counselors.Read More...
April 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

A Duck Dynasty candidate for lieutenant governor?

Since his showing last year in the 5th CongressionalDistrict race, when he was barely edged out of the runoff, Duck Dynasty cousin Zach Dasher’s political future has been wide open — and now it includes speculation about running for the second highest statewide Louisiana office.Read More...
April 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

Statewide officials looking at fee changes

With the governor opposed to any net tax increases this session, practically every corner of state government is turning to fees as an avenue to generate additional dollars for the upcoming fiscal year. Read More...
March 20, 2015 at 10:42 am

Radio ad pulls Jindal into governor’s race

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, has thrown the first media jab in the race for governor with a radio spot that started airing on black radio stations two weeks ago in the Acadiana region. Read More...
March 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

Think twice before anointing politician a ‘reformer’

It has become common to equate a new face in government with positive change. That is particularly true when that person has little or no track record in government.Read More...
March 06, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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