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Don’t reward the avoidance of problems
May 23 at 8:00 am
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.

Moret backtracks on state’s ‘booming economy’
April 17 at 12:56 pm
In a fit of unusual candor, the ethically-challenged head of economic development, Stephen Moret, admitted that Louisiana was NOT experiencing an economic boom.

How legislators address problems
March 21 at 9:58 am
According to investigative reporter Lee Zurik of WVUE-TV (and the Times Picayune), State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb broke the law limiting campaign contributions from Political Action Committees (“PAC”).

Higher education suffers as funds diverted
February 21 at 3:21 pm
Some of the leges are upset about the growing costs of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (“TOPS”). Apparently, the leges don’t understand the cause of the increasing costs.

Jindal budget ‘shell game’
February 07 at 9:10 am
Still scratching my head over where Bobby Jindal found the extra $50 million in state funds to give to higher education in his proposed FY15 budget, but I may have found the source.

‘Gold standard’ depends on perspective
January 03 at 10:32 am
An analysis in Sunday’s Baton Rouge Advocate is headlined: “5 Years later, does Gov. Jindal’s ethics system work?”

Is optimism based on wishful thinking?
December 13, 2013 at 9:37 am
Last week, the Lege Fiscal Office (“LFO”) reported that it was “cautiously optimistic” that tax revenues for the current fiscal year would come in as anticipated.

Advocate editorial shoots the messenger
November 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm
The editorial in a Baton Rouge newspaper is so cynical that it would make a world-class cynic look like a Pollyanna.

Alexander unqualified to be vets secretary
November 08, 2013 at 9:14 am
Here’s what Bobby Jindal said when he was running for governor in 2007: “Ensure that cabinet secretaries…are unquestionably ethical.”

An examination in state surplus
November 01, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recently, Team Jindal announced a potential (unconfirmed) $162.9 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Yet another myth from our legislators
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am
Whenever the leges are unable to accomplish something, they complain about the governor having too much power. They say the answer to reducing the governor’s power is to have a constitutional convention.

True Louisiana job figures are finally revealed
September 27, 2013 at 11:10 am
Those of us who live in Louisiana are constantly bombarded by press releases from Team Jindal about all the jobs that Bobby Jindal has created since he has been in office.

Is a college education necessary?
September 20, 2013 at 10:18 am
There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about the importance of having a college education.

Organization funded by taxpayers is not following law
August 09, 2013 at 11:03 am
This is the first of what hopefully will be periodic reports by the Crack Mullet Research Team (“Team”) on Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGO”) funded by the taxpayers of Louisiana that have not complied with the law.
Recently, State Treasurer John Kennedy exposed the fact that many of the NGOs that are funded by the taxpayers of Louisiana have not complied with the law.

Louisianans deserve to know the truth
July 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm
When Bobby Jindal took office, the unemployment rate in Louisiana was 3.8 percent. In May it was 6.8 percent. As of the end of June it stands at 7 percent.

Need an LSU tuition break?
July 19, 2013 at 9:29 am
With the annual increases in tuition at LSU coupled with the rising interest rate for student loans, obviously, the students and their parents could use some help with paying for the cost of getting an education at LSU.

Taxpayers forced to pay for outside counsel to defend Louisiana
July 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm
On Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court handed-down a decision declaring unconstitutional the only piece of Bobby Jindal’s 2012 "pension reform" plan to pass the legislature. The court said it didn’t pass.

State construction is a vicious cycle
June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am
The taxpayers of Louisiana are constantly paying for new state buildings because maintenance of existing buildings is not a priority.

Driver’s license or passport needed?
June 14, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recent federal law requires that in order to use one’s driver’s license as an I.D. for boarding a flight on a commercial airline the license must include certain information in the magnetic strip.


What’s at the end of the road?
June 07, 2013 at 9:20 am
The Senate Finance Committee approved increasing the state’s Operating Budget mostly using more one-time and highly-suspect revenues.


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Parish’s planning and zoning director resigns
Parish’s planning and zoning director resigns
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The director of St. Charles Parish’s Department of Planning and Zoning has announced her resignation. Kim Marousek said she is leaving the office after accepting a job in the Baton Rouge area.