Despite the Times Picayune declaration today that Louisiana is 3rd in the nation in Real Gross Domestic Product since 2005, and despite the Jindal administration crowing about that very ranking, Louisiana is actually light-years away from that lofty national ranking.
In part two of a three-part Google Hangout webcast interview with Louisiana treasurer John Kennedy, the discussion turned to the Louisiana budget deficit and the state’s consultant contracts. In part I of the interview, as he has done so in the past, Kennedy, pointed out that Louisiana’s budget obligations have been met by using budget gimmicks, one-time monies, depleting various dedicated trust accounts, severely cutting education while allowing bloated government consulting contracts to prosper.
Will he and for what?
Columnist Tom Aswell of the Louisiana Voice has interestingly pointed out that Scott Angelle, the current Public Service Commissioner, just might be considering a run for Louisiana Governor or Lt. Governor.
It was Louisiana entertainment and technology meeting Google Hangout advocates on Thursday as ideas and opportunities were added to a roux of “making business” Google Hangout and Louisiana style.
Why is Louisiana's business climate so hot, yet, we we cold-shoulder in building the future?
Recently, it was announced that Business Facilities has ranked Louisiana as No. 1 in the nation for being "business-friendly. But, according to another report just published by Akamai, the state is second to last in one of the most critical and essential components needed for for current and future economic growth--Internet speed.
Did the federal government, specifically, the Obama administration, engage in a “scheme “ in support of the implementation of Common Core that violates not only Louisiana government procurement law, but the state’s control over educational curricula.
So, Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal was for Common Core before he was against it. And, as Bob Mann pointed out in his blog, David Vitter was against Common Core--until he was for it.
Holy flop-flip. Or, is it flip flop?
Today, shortly after the BESE board voted to intervene in a lawsuit against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal over Common Core, the administration filed its own lawsuit. Below is a press release associated with that lawsuit.
In what could be a major surprise to some, assuming the accuracy, the US Chamber of Commerce is reportedly supporting Mary Landrieu in her re-election bid. Her primary challenger is Republican Rep.Bill Cassidy.
One Maness standing (Or Maness Up)
Louisiana Republican Rep. Paul Hollis, former self-funded candidate for US Senate is now in lockstep with the mainstream Republican Party. He is supporting Bill Cassidy for the Senate spot against Democrat Mary Landrieu. This means, the last person standing other than Mary Landrieu and Cassidy is Col. Rob Maness, the Tea Party favorite. Maness has the supporter of speedster Sarah Palin, the one-time Alaskan Governor, VP nominee and now Indianapolis 500 “qualifier”, after her recent speeding violation.