|Driverís license or passport needed?
June 14 at 9:24 am
Recent federal law requires that in order to use oneís driverís license as an I.D. for boarding a flight on a commercial airline the license must include certain information in the magnetic strip.
|Whatís at the end of the road?
June 07 at 9:20 am
The Senate Finance Committee approved increasing the stateís Operating Budget mostly using more one-time and highly-suspect revenues.
|Senator misses the mark
May 31 at 9:38 am
In the Sunday Advocate, Sen. Dan Claitor said this regarding House Bill 703: [T]he legislation [is] "a political poke in the eye and a waste of our time."
|Legislators just donít get the message
May 24 at 2:47 pm
One of the few things that almost all voters in Louisiana agree on is that we have too many elections.
|House doesnít address huge fiscal concerns
May 16 at 11:55 am
On Friday, as I watched the Louisiana House of Representatives debate the stateís Fiscal Year (FY) 14 budget I couldnít help but wonder what happened to certain fiscal concerns that I didnít hear addressed in the debate.
|Is B.R. becoming D.C.?
May 10 at 9:29 am
The more I watch the goings on at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, the more it looks like the U.S. Capitol in D.C.
|No fat in state budget?
April 25 at 9:37 am
There is a public perception and a perception by the leges that Tim Barfield is in charge of the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
|Sales tax plan revealed...sorta
March 22 at 10:15 am
Thursday, Bobby Jindal made a rare appearance at the State Capitol . He materialized before the House Ways and Means and Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committees (the tax committees) in support of Rep. Joel Robideauxís plan for increasing the state sales taxes and repealing the personal income tax and some other taxes ó maybe.
|Itís a financing scheme, not a plan
December 28, 2012 at 9:57 am
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes that Louisiana needs to privatize the antiquated Charity Hospital System. To that extent we agree.
|State revenues down by $336 million
December 20, 2012 at 10:21 am
The state Revenue Estimating Conference just concluded its meeting. State General Fund revenue estimates have been reduced by $129 million for the current fiscal year and by $207 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013. The latter reduction means that the stateís "fiscal cliff" for fiscal year 2014 is now at approximately $1.2 billion.
|State's budget crisis explained
November 29, 2012 at 11:02 am
As the state of Louisiana faces its next annual revenue shortfall (a.k.a. the "fiscal cliff"), apparently, it is necessary to explain the obvious to our politicians.
|Louisiana Ďfiscal cliffí redux
November 21, 2012 at 9:10 am
Itís that time of year when Team Jindal tells us the horror story about the "fiscal cliff."
|Is civics taught anymore?
November 01, 2012 at 9:49 am
There used to be a course taught in the 10th grade in Louisiana high schools called civics. I donít know if it is even being taught today. Based strictly on anecdotal evidence, it doesnít appear to be taught any longer.
|Doing the Jindal shuffle
October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am
Allegedly due to revenue shortfalls, Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued hiring freezes, pay freezes and the elimination of per diems for those in the Executive Branch of government.
|House moves forward to the past
October 04, 2012 at 9:05 am
Representative "Chuckle" Kleckley is clearly the worst Speaker of the House in Louisiana history.
|Special session was called only 18 months ago
September 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm
There are many recent media reports regarding Rep. Dee Richardís initiating a petition for the leges to call themselves into a special session.
|Jindalís lap dogs donít bite
September 21, 2012 at 9:33 am
Recently, various members of the lege have been whining about Bobby Jindal closing hospitals and prisons in their districts.
|Fiscal problems deepen
July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am
As soon as the FY13 state budget was enacted in June, the state was looking at making at least $600 million in mid-year budget cuts in December.
|Too many elections may equal low voter turnout
July 03, 2012 at 1:16 pm
The anecdotal and empirical data is there ó Louisiana has too many elections each year.
|Equalizing the power of the legislatures
June 14, 2012 at 10:11 am
We constantly hear the leges whining about how much power the governor of Louisiana has and how little they have.
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Court tosses out 75-year sentence - 938 views
A 43-year-old man who was sentenced to 75 years in jail for molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery will be retried after his sentence was thrown out by an appellate court due to a technicality.