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executive budgetOn Thursday, the John Bel Edwards administration released its executive budget.

Anticipated is a roughly $440 million dollar shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017.

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budget cut capital 5Going from one budget crises to another.

One day after an emotional Louisiana legislative special session to patch a budget hole of $304 million dollars, Governor John Bel Edwards is focused upon a new crises.

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john bel edwards loresIt seems that Louisiana has a perennial state budget deficit. Legislators just concluded another special session to deal with a $304 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending June 30

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wagIn the United States, an individual is considered innocent until the government proves them guilty by a specified burden of proof.

The rationale for this fundamental principle seems clear: an individual’s right to freedom is sacred and government must have a clear argument and strong body of evidence to restrict or remove it entirely. Most folks consider this concept a no brainer in relation to the criminal or civil code as a reasonable limit on the power of government from easily overtaking the rights of the individual.

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lagop damageAlthough a deal seems afoot to resolve Louisiana’s latest budgetary shortfall, what if it doesn’t come off?

The special session that ends legally tomorrow Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards called to close the gap. That came about beginning when on Jan. 27 the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget confirmed a $304 million general fund deficit existed.

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lou gehrig burnettby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net 
The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has released the results of a statewide poll on Louisiana’s budget situation and the governor’s call for a special session.

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marks demsIt bears repeating, in a little different way: the Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards Administration and Democrat legislators are from Mars, Republican legislators are from Venus.

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budget cut capital 5Welcome to the annual Louisiana budget crises.

At least that is what Southern Media & Opinion Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat implied yesterday when we discussed this year's special session to help plug a cavity in this year's budget, ending June 30, 2017.

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legislative solar systemLouisiana Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards is from Mars, legislative Republicans are from Venus. I chose the ordering since Edwards once served as a professional warrior and some GOP legislators are women. I chose the metaphor to illustrate the completely incompatible mindset of the two that threatens to launch fireworks during the state’s whirlwind special session.

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lance harris 4Scare tactic or legitimate concerns?

That is the current issue as Republican Lance Harris and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards slug it out before the Louisiana legislative session begins.

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