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EPA, DOT Hurt U.S. Economy With Fuel Efficiency Standards

Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:55 Written by

US DebtOur federal government is at it again. Seemingly heedless of the economic hardship many families and businesses are facing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are moving toward a drastic increase in the fuel efficiency standards. Those two federal agencies have already imposed a 40 percent increase in fleet fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon, phased in during the 2012-16 interval. Now they are poised to increase the average fleet standard for automobile manufacturers to somewhere between 47 and 62 miles per gallon during the 2017-25 time frame. If such action is taken, it will have severe economic consequences.

Reports: NFL Owners, Players Take CBA To Twitter, Skype, IM, Email, More
Saturday, 16 July 2011 18:48 Written by

Reports are that the owners and players are close to a deal and that the two sides won't meet again.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that the remaining details of the CBA are expected to be worked out via email, phone, Twitter, videoconference, Skype and Instant Message.

Rainwater Announces Morgan Keegan To Evaluate Louisiana OGB Privatization
Saturday, 16 July 2011 12:53 Written by

BATON ROUGE – On Friday, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater announced that Morgan Keegan has been selected through a competitive RFP process to provide financial advisory services to evaluate the Office of Group Benefits and recommend a course of action for administering the office in the best interest of both plan members and the taxpayers.

 

Jindal Selects Fenstermaker To Louisiana Board Of Regents
Saturday, 16 July 2011 10:21 Written by

Bobby JindalOn Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of William “Bill” Fenstermaker to the Board of Regents. 

The Board of Regents is a state agency which coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana. 

New Orleans Saints; NFL, NFLPA Statement, McAllister, Reggie Bush
Saturday, 16 July 2011 09:51 Written by

NFL lockoutThe NFL and the NFLPA broke on Friday, and it appears they're inching closer to a deal.

The two sides released a joint statement of Friday.

"The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues. Our legal and financial teams will continue to work throughout this weekend.

Fly The Unfriendly Skys Of TSA
Friday, 15 July 2011 16:50 Written by

TSAIt is happening every day at our airports. Young children and our elderly are being accosted by TSA “agents” at security checkpoints. When was the last time a 95 year old wheelchair bound man or a child in diapers bombed a plane?

Our current airport security policy is literally insane. There are real threats to the flying public in the United States. The threat is coming from young, radical Muslim men who have a hatred for our way of life and want to kill innocent Americans. Granny and young Johnny did not plan and execute the 9/11 attacks. Instead our country was attacked by young Muslim men from countries in the Middle East.

JIndal Makes Appointments To Major Louisiana Boards, Commissions
Thursday, 14 July 2011 16:59 Written by

JindalToday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made reappointments to the Community and Technical Colleges Board of Supervisors, appointments to the Southern University, the Louisiana Racing Commission and and an appointment to the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners.

Below are the following reappointments and appointments:

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu Partners With Obama In Forum
Thursday, 14 July 2011 13:20 Written by

LandrieuMayor Mitch Landrieu, in partnership with the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council, will host an Urban Entrepreneurship Forum on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Xavier University in New Orleans to focus on providing tools to support job growth and foster economic success for local entrepreneurs.

Louisiana Government Employee Retirement Systems Needs Reforms
Thursday, 14 July 2011 12:14 Written by
Louisiana CapitolAs if $18.2 billion in unfunded accrued liabilities isn’t bad enough, with a history of bad investment decisions, yet another problem may loom for Louisiana’s retirement funds. If so, at least the silver lining to it may be, finally, recognition that fundamental change must come to how state and local governments handle their investments for retirees.
Jindal’s OGB Privatization Push Deserves Investigation
Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:57 Written by

BATON ROUGE (CNS)—Most of what has been written here in recent months about the proposed privatization of the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits (OGB) has been in the nature of political discourse laced with emotional banter.

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