Upon pondering about the fiscal impact of the recent floods striking the Baton Rouge area, my Advocate colleagues got it half right and half wrong. Through an editorial correcting the misimpressions of some, they argued that, no, the volume of recovery money shoved through the economic system will not produce a “bonus” that will solve a looming budget deficit, but missed the mark in neither will it also exact a significant penalty that could worsen the fiscal situation further.
The storm over Louisiana has ended for now but the clouds of anger, frustration, despair and blame continue.
The month of August in Louisiana has never been the best time for the state. It has been hit by various major weather events including the two in 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
by Jim Brown
An old out-of-state friend called to touch base, and asked, “how are y’all doing down there?” I told him we were hanging in there, in spite of what seems to be one confrontation and tragedy after another. Of course you have to be optimistic about the future, but there have been some trying times in recent months, and a long way to go towards recovery in many parts of Louisiana.
The impact from the Great Flood of 2016 continues to be felt across Louisiana. Almost one-third of the state, 20 parishes, has been declared a disaster area. Over 100,000 people have applied for FEMA disaster aid. Initial estimates are that over 40,000 home were destroyed and possibly 90% of the people impacted by the storm did not have flood insurance.
Kenner will be the next scene of the crime in the US Senate race.
CRIMEFIGHTERS, Louisiana’s largest organization dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and advocate for stronger laws against violent criminals, will host the Louisiana candidates for U.S. Senate and Mayor of Kenner in a forum this evening beginning at 7:00PM at Chateau Country Club in Kenner. Doors open at 6:30