|Will business and industry go on the offensive for tax reform in 2007?
October 11, 2006 at 4:27 pm
BATON ROUGE -- It was a policy milestone for business and industry in 2004 when the state legislature approved a long-range phase-out of taxes on corporate debt and manufacturing equipment.
|Louisiana pot laws under fire after Ol' Willie's bust
October 04, 2006 at 12:40 pm
BATON ROUGE - A pound and a half of marijuana wasn’t the only thing country music legend Willie Nelson allegedly brought into Louisiana two weeks ago. Trailing close behind has been a wave of pro-pot advocacy spokesmen and global media attention.
|Analysis: Insurance race has hefty issues for coast, but very few solutions
September 27, 2006 at 2:35 pm
BATON ROUGE -- In separate interviews this week, The St. Charles Herald-Guide asked the front-running Republican candidates for insurance commissioner what they would specifically do about the scarcity of home insurance in coastal Louisiana, the perceived ineffectiveness of the Insurance Rating Commission and the fledgling Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
|We win! Parish schools get national recognition; super kids, great teachers team for 'A' rating
September 20, 2006 at 1:21 pm
BATON ROUGE -- Local officials have been touting the fact for years and it's well-known on the state level as well, and now the school system in St. Charles Parish has been recognized on a national stage.
|MELANCON VS ROMERO
September 06, 2006 at 1:39 pm
BATON ROUGE -- With qualifying finished and the Nov. 7 election date nearing, the race for the 3rd Congressional District is under way and it promises to be as contentious as it is telling.
|St. Charles could 'disproportionately gain' from hurricane diaspora
August 24, 2006 at 2:17 pm
BATON ROUGE -- By now, most folks in south Louisiana have seen the maps.
|On a short leash
July 19, 2006 at 12:44 pm
BATON ROUGE -- When Buddy Roemer was denied a second term in office following the 1991 gubernatorial election, he said he made one major plea to Edwin Edwards, who had just been re-elected for an unprecedented fourth time. It was likely a distasteful task, as Edwards had made Roemer his whipping boy during the legendary contest – the pummeling even continued after Roemer was edged out of the runoff by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
|Waiting for health care reform
July 13, 2006 at 11:35 am
BATON ROUGE -- Aside from opinion polls and talk radio rhetoric, there are strong indicators that people are growing weary waiting the government to reform Louisiana’s health care system.
|House endorses oil royalties plan, Senate brokers compromise
July 07, 2006 at 10:10 am
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana came one step closer last week to realizing its longtime goal of increasing its share of offshore oil and gas royalties when the U.S. House approved legislation that would guarantee $9 billion over the next decade.
|The man with the plan
June 28, 2006 at 1:25 pm
BATON ROUGE -- Scott Angelle pointed hard and fast to Caddo Parish. The he breathlessly offered an overview of the state’s dry hole tax credit. Next he jabbed Cameron Parish and released a spitfire evaluation of coastal land loss.
|Coastal concerns a major issue for legislature
June 22, 2006 at 10:25 am
BATON ROUGE – Issues that have long drawn concern from only south Louisiana communities, such as hurricane protection, flood control and coastal restoration, were crystallized as major state policy during the regular session that adjourned Monday evening.
|With ethics, old ways die hard
June 14, 2006 at 11:12 am
BATON ROUGE – When Rep. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, tried last week to get a hearing on the House floor – his third attempt this session -- for a bill to prohibit elected officials from entering into hurricane recovery contracts, 52 of his colleagues tabled the move and buried the ethics proposal in a shallow grave.
|Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers
June 07, 2006 at 2:08 pm
BATON ROUGE -- More than 40 bankers descended on the State Capitol last month, awaiting meetings with agency heads and filling the hallways with pinstriped power suits and scrolling through BlackBerries while sitting in committee rooms.
|eBay squaring off in legislative dot-com battle
May 31, 2006 at 2:15 pm
BATON ROUGE -- There are business and industry folks up at the Capitol, as well as lobbyists for health care and video poker. But very rarely do you ever see eBay’s people, as they might be called, looking out for the interests of the popular auction website.
|Tough on crime?
May 24, 2006 at 12:03 pm
BATON ROUGE -- The stars must have been perfectly aligned in 2001 when every imaginable party involved with the criminal justice process in the Legislature sat down at the same table.
|Business keeps coming post-hurricane
May 17, 2006 at 1:39 pm
BATON ROUGE – If you believe the economic development flacks, businesses inside Louisiana and around the country – world, even – continue to salivate at the thought of gobbling up some of the post-Katrina work here.
|Blanco has another shot at redemption
May 10, 2006 at 1:43 pm
BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco is on the threshold of her potential resurgence, with six weeks of the regular session behind her and just as much time remaining.
|Blanco only a speedbump on the road to more gambling, says lobbyist
May 03, 2006 at 11:53 am
BATON ROUGE -- Rep. Ernest Wooten has his name attached to a set of bills that increase the number of video poker machines in truck-stop casinos and ups the maximum bet players can stick into the one-armed bandits.
|Assessor issues interesting as usual this session
April 26, 2006 at 10:49 am
BATON ROUGE -- From the looks of it, the legislation was one of those no-brainers, a local bill that lawmakers historically give the nod to out of courtesy and have no need to question. But for some reason, Rep. Jeff Arnold was the only legislator in the 105-member House to vote against creating the "Old Metairie Road Business and Cultural District."
|Open door policy
April 19, 2006 at 11:40 am
BATON ROUGE -- It is widely known as “sunshine,” that willingness by government to open up its books and meetings and operations to the general public.
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Speed patrols return to I-310 after months-long absence - 1810 views
Over the past four months, those who often travel the elevated portions of I-10 and I-310 in St. Charles Parish have noticed a lack of state troopers on the interstate.