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Louisiana lawmakers give up their independence with ‘toothless’ LFO
May 22 at 8:22 am
In 1973, the Legislature created the Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to provide independent analysis and advice to the legislature on state fiscal matters.

PAC activity in Louisiana governor’s race even more super-charged
May 22 at 8:15 am
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.

PAC activity in Louisiana governor’s race even more super-charged
May 22 at 8:15 am
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.

Chronic House vote-changing unabated
May 15 at 12:05 pm
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.

Children produce fruit of the vine
May 15 at 12:03 pm
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.

Is state ignoring its major problem?
May 15 at 11:59 am
Louisiana presents to its citizens a difficult problem.

Louisiana lawmakers preparing for more fiscal work in 2016
May 15 at 11:55 am
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.

Inventory tax repeal equals biz tax increase
May 08 at 12:44 pm
You have to wonder how much thought the business community has given to the impact of repealing the ad valorem tax on inventories.

PAR: Cut legislative, judiciary budgets
May 08 at 12:40 pm
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.

Economic secretary facing final session, replacement unknown
May 01 at 10:07 am
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.

St. Charles Parish - Public wants accountability  on the parish’s tax proposals St. Charles Parish - Public wants accountability on the parish’s tax proposals
April 17 at 12:11 pm
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.

Louisiana House Ministry of Propaganda
April 17 at 11:41 am
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.

Opening of session ignites race for House speaker
April 17 at 11:37 am
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.

Reflecting on divine mercy, public revelation
April 10 at 10:03 am
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….

Make a difference in the world
April 10 at 9:59 am
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.

A Duck Dynasty candidate for lieutenant governor?
April 10 at 9:42 am
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.

Statewide officials looking at fee changes
March 20 at 10:42 am
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.

Radio ad pulls Jindal into governor’s race
March 13 at 10:44 am
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.

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Luling businessman chosen to observe  foreign election
Luling businessman chosen to observe foreign election
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It had been a long 18-hour day observing a presidential election in the Republic of Kazakhstan on April 26 when Garrett Monti realized this was pretty exciting.