It has been an interesting political spring and summer.
At the close of the 2013 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature, some speculated that potentially a new day could be dawning in the state’s politics. That’s correct, but for absolutely the wrong reason cited.
The Louisiana GOP, once again, are taking advantage of the recent statement that has stoked the racial flames in Louisiana and elsewhere.
Three weeks are left in the 2013 regular session of the Legislature, and much water is left to run under the legislative bridge before sine die adjournment on June 6. The biggest issue left to resolve is the state budget, which has developed into a three-way tug of war between the House, the Senate and the governor.
The House-passed version of the State Operating Budget spends $200 Million in revenues from a tax amnesty plan to replace non-recurring revenues.
The self-styled “fiscal hawks” of the Louisiana House of Representatives won a couple of battles yesterday – at the cost of near-certain defeat in the larger war to control the state’s budgeting process and in empowering their strange bedfellow allies House Democrats.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is five-for-five in an area where he gets no points for perfection.
Yesterday, Governor Jindal appeared before two legislative committees to give more details about his tax plan. While it is a worthy objective to eliminate income taxes, Louisiana cannot afford the label of having the highest sales taxes in the nation.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has a budgetary ally in the House, in fact, one with plenty of clout.
Yes, we know that poll overweighed Democrat voters. But the major lesson from the results that showed Gov. Bobby Jindal’s popularity undergoing a substantial slide is that demonstrates that the slow cleansing of the populist stain in Louisiana’s political policy is picking up in intensity, and probably even past the point of no return.