It still is hard to fathom what happened with the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. How did the leadership of the foundation get awarded to Irvin Mayfield, a musician with no expertise in libraries and no degree in library science? Well, it was another boneheaded move by the former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin, the true “Master of Disaster.” Nagin now sits in federal prison for a variety of corrupt activities, but his decision to place Mayfield at the position of foundation president will rank as another one of his many mistakes while in office.
As a state of Louisiana struggles with its enormous budget issue and as its governor, Bobby Jindal continues to make national headlines in his run for president, some are asking how do we deal with a budget crisis like this?
The Louisiana Democratic Party and its supporters might not see eye-to-eye with Bob Mann, once again.
The former democrat, former top staff for Senator John Breaux and Governor Kathleen Blanco (both democrats), current communications professor at LSU, blogger and columnist for the Times Picayune, has a message for democrats, if they want to defeat their' worst nightmare"--David Vitter.
Louisiana's legislative session is half-completed. There is much uncertainty in the air. Will the legislators and Governor Jindal craft a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year--as they are constitutionally mandated to do? If the budget involves taxes that have been approved by the House and which are being discussed in the Senate, will the governor veto them and the budget? Will there be an override session?
Oddly, if not ironically, conservatives may end up having Sen. Pres. John Alario to thank for keeping the focus on right-sized, sensible government in Louisiana as the state grapples with a looming budget deficit for fiscal year 2016.
Louisiana is in the middle of a grueling legislative session, deep budget crises and statewide election season.
Early this week, Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) revealed its spring poll which showed David Vitter with a significant lead for governor and surprisingly, considering Louisiana has been a very conservative state, which indicates that Louisiana is resolved to pay more in taxes to improve its budgetary environment.
by Mike Malak
The most profound argument in favor of retaining Louisiana’s Motion Picture production tax incentive is the claim that, if eliminated, or modified, Tom Cruise won’t come to the State anymore. I wouldn’t either! A cap on incentives for performer salaries exceeding $1,000,000.00, per production, sounds awfully discriminatory to the Hollywood mind and a backhanded slap at the rich and famous. Not that Cruise was going to come, anyway, which he might, but not for the free money, instead, more likely, for the scenery, food, and all that jazz.
by Jim Brown
Louisiana’s next governor will take office in less than eight months, and will jump into the abyss of a state with massive fiscal problems, an educational system that is dysfunctional, a healthcare system that needs a major overhauling, a highway system that has been neglected for years…get the picture?
While budgetary constraints present in this cycle could have pressured Louisiana to embark on a long overdue and needed reshaping of its delivery of higher education, if anything in regards to this area policy-makers are engaging in counterproductive backpedaling.
Political shorts for today: Common Core in the Louisiana legislature, major Amtrak crash in North east reverberating in Washington DC Congress, Vitter connects with liberal US Senator and more