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internet taxesYou would think that in the New Year, following a year when the Louisiana legislature raised taxes by over one billion dollars, lawmakers would sense the public’s anti-tax fervor and would be averse to mining every nook and cranny for more taxes.  But now Governor John Bel Edwards, with full legislative support and in a desperate attempt to send more revenue to state coffers, is quite willing to stick purchasers with sales taxes for whatever they buy online. 

 

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edwards presser mar9It looks like another busy spring for Louisiana legislators, lobbyists, and the Louisiana taxpayers.

After receiving more bad news today from the Revenue estimating Conference, Louisiana Governor said “it indicates the need for a special session”

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jindal chuck toddOn Sunday, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal penned an oped that appeared in Politico.  The subject?  Repealing Obamacare.

Jindal has often considered himself to be an authority on healthcare, having previously served as governor of Louisiana, member of Congress and assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.   

 

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edwards-pressThe honeymoon may be just beginning for President-Elect Donald Trump, but any such love fest has come to an abrupt end for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. 2016 was a year the new governor would like to forget, but things don’t look a lot better for 2017. In fact, it could become a lot worse.

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edwards capitolGov. John Bel Edwards and Venture Global LNG executives Bob Pender and Mike Sabel today announced the company will invest $8.5 billion to develop a natural gas liquefaction facility and LNG export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. Plaquemines LNG will be Venture Global’s second major natural gas liquefaction and export project in Louisiana, joining the $4.5 billion Calcasieu Pass project that was announced in Cameron Parish in December 2014 and is under development.

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EDWARDS PRESS2Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards threw overboard outgoing Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon because the latter’s use as a political instrument became too costly to the former’s political future.

Last week, Edwards announced the departure of Melancon after less than a year on the job. Melancon later clarified, saying he had been dismissed but would stay on the job until completion of an audit of past agency practices.

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One of the biggest tests facing Louisiana’s recently elected Governor John Bel Edwards is the challenge of re-instilling pride in the attitudes of many Louisianans.
Government can only do so much. But a governor can be a catalyst in raising the public’s expectations.

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edwards presser mar9This week, Gov. John Bel Edwards will be joined by State Representatives Tanner Magee, Stephanie Hilferty and Jerome “Zee” Zeringue on a bipartisan, two-day trip to tour Louisiana’s coast and visit offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Tomorrow, Gov. Edwards and the delegation will participate in a flyover of coastal Louisiana. The delegation will meet with officials from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to discuss the state’s master plan to restore Louisiana’s eroding coast. On Friday, the group will visit two offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to discuss the offshore industry.

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edwards pressThe Louisiana flood money flow is on the way but first a review with HUD.  Today, Governor John Bel Edwards discussed his pleasure with the speed that the federal government has responded to its flood recovery needs.

Below is a press release from his office:

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the announcement that Louisiana would receive $438 million of the $500 million Congress approved last month for flood recovery. The announcement comes two months after historic flooding hit South Louisiana, however, the assistance will be for both the March and August floods.

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lraby 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.

 

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