Today, the former whiz kid of Louisiana politics is now 40 years old. Unfortunately for the Governor, it must be a very blue birthday. His legislative agenda is in tatters, as all of his major initiatives have been defeated. His plan to merge SUNO and UNO failed to generate legislative approval. In addition, his short sighted idea to sell state prisons to generate revenue to close the budget gap did not even make it to the House floor for debate. His budget was dead on arrival and his plan to raise college tuition costs never generated much legislative support. Next week, legislators may make modern political history and override the Governor’s veto of the 4-cent cigarette tax renewal. To make matters worse for the Governor, legislators are seriously considering a plan to phase out state income taxes. While this has broad support among voters, the Governor opposes the legislation. Therefore, he may be faced with the prospect of vetoing a popular bill months before he faces the voters for re-election.
In 1990, the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its first report on “global warming.” The report featured numerous scientific studies to predict that the global temperature of the Earth would warm by 1.1 degrees Celsius between 1990 and 2030. The culprit, according to that report (and subsequent ones by the IPCC) is carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, fueled by the rise in human-generated sources of that greenhouse gas. We are now slightly more than halfway through the 40-year interval modeled in that 1990 report. Thus far, the IPCC’s findings are definitely missing the mark.
The author of the bill to phase out the state’s income taxes on individuals and businesses, Democratic Senator Rob Marionneaux, ardently disagreed with the move to amend his bill to require such a commission.
“We’re going to increase the size of government so we can reduce it?’’ he maintained. “There are more studies sitting in the back anterooms than the shelves can hold.’’
Marionneaux and others explained that the amendment by GOP Senator Jack Donahue was designed to kill the tax repeal without requiring senators to directly reject it during the current election year.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees said on Thursday "We have to end this lockout."
Brees recognizes progress in being made -- and he wants to see more of it.
"I am the eternal optimist," Brees told WWL radio. "I know that there has been progress made in regards to the discussions that have been taking place both last week and this week in Chicago and New York.
Last Friday, music lovers lost Benny Spellman, singer of "Fortune Teller" and "Lipstick Traces," and cohort of Ernie K-Doe (lower voice on "Mother-In-Law").
Benny was as well loved as his music. RIP, Benny.
For The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, Benny was an icon for why we push to honor our note-worthy and important artists. When we traveled, with Deacon John, to Benny's nursing home in Pensacola two years ago to welcome Benny to the LMHOF, we found Benny's mind intact, his body, not so much so. Benny had suffered a stroke years back and remained paralyzed, in part.
With only roughly two weeks to go in the Louisiana legislative session 2011 and with the $1.6B. budget shortfall solutions still very much in doubt, below is quick recap provided by Melissa Sellers, Communication Director for Governor Bobby Jindal regarding his package bills (in the “2011 Legislative Agenda to Keep Louisiana Growing”) made today in the legislative session:
Governor Package Bills Gaining Approval on the House Floor Today:
HB 143 by Rep. Lorusso – Provides 32 death benefits for the families of Louisiana National Guardsmen who have lost their lives and two disability benefits of Guardsmen who have been injured since September 11, 2001.
The NFL and NFLPA issued this joint statement on Wednesday:
"NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week.Those discussions will continue."
Former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has been diagnosed with choroidal melanoma, a rare eye cancer that affects roughly six in 1 million people.
The announcement came toay in an email from her spokesperson Marie DesOrmeaux Centanni.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney formally kicked off a campaign for the White House that never really ended even after he withdrew at the 2008 CPAC.
Romney’s “departure speech” at the annual conservative conclave was intended to put an exclamation point on a presidential bid that was dogged by questions about his sincerity regarding conservatism and he did receive some benefit, winning the conference’s much ballyhooed straw poll despite no longer being a candidate when the results were announced.
It is past time politicians stop the demagoguery. American’s economic crisis and the need for deficit reduction is critical. We cannot continue to spend at present levels. Our nation is in a crisis and unless we soon address the problems, we will soon be joining the ranks of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Spain. That is why the rest of the world is looking beyond the dollar as a reserve currency for use is pricing commodities, because the American dollar has lost its value.