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Citizens are lunch for legislators
June 19 at 1:11 pm
“Today, I don’t feel like we’re a band of brothers,” [Sen. J.P. Morrell] said. “I feel like we’re packs of wolves.”
- LaPolitics Weekly, June 12, 2015

Legislators’ misplaced priorities
June 12 at 4:34 pm
Our Louisiana legislators are paying lip service, but, apparently, not attention to the fact that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 has at least a $1.6 billion deficit.

Louisiana House of Reps is schizophrenic on taxes
June 05 at 5:31 am
This is another in a series of interim reports on the taxing frenzy by legislators to increase our taxes.

Rep. Jim Fannin misleads House colleagues - welcome to ‘a fiscal abyss’
May 29 at 3:29 pm
I’ve often wondered where the legislators get such outrageous information they give their constituents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stonecipher protects state constitution - as all should
March 20 at 10:47 am
Some of you may be under the impression that the Attorney General of Louisiana enforces the state constitution. That’s how it should be, but the AG is a statewide elected official, i.e. politician.

Think twice before anointing politician a ‘reformer’
March 06 at 1:28 pm
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.

Removing uncertainty from the state budget
January 30 at 12:43 pm
A story in a Baton Rouge newspaper reports various proposed efforts to balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Agency ordered to ignore tax collection
August 22, 2014 at 10:40 am
The state constitution prohibits the legislature from passing a new tax or increasing an existing tax in a Regular Session in an even-numbered year.

Don’t reward the avoidance of problems
May 23, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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.

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