In a letter by Louisiana House Speaker, Jim Tucker, the House leader asked Rep. Kirk Talbot (R-River Ridge) this question:
Does the HB 479 increase in employee contribution rate required of certain employees in LASERS constitute a tax, a fee or raise revenue in such a way as to require a 2/3 vote of the membership to pass?
Book it. Governor Bobby Jindal appears to be having another bad hair week at the Louisiana Capitol.
Today it was revealed that House Speaker Jim Tucker has written a letter to Rep. Talbot (R-Jefferson) who has authored House Bill 479 related to state employee retirement benefits. The letter reportedly said that Tucker was declaring an increase in the retirement charges set out in the legislation to be a payroll tax increase.
This week, freshman congressman Jeff Landry publicly refused an invitation to the White House by President Obama. Many in tea-party circles and even a few traditional media are praising this action as principled, even heroic. Yet, to defy the President publicly and refuse to have a conversation with the leader of the free world when he requests it, is not heroic, but cowardly. It is also a betrayal of all of the good people who live in Landry's district and in Louisiana as a whole. We should all be ashamed of him and he of himself.
The Who Dat Nation has always been fans of what Saints running back Pierre Thomas can do.
He makes defenders miss tackles, can pick up yards after contact and is a very reliable receiver. So reliable in fact, that he was the only player in the NFL who did not drop a ball the entire season.
Since the founding of our country more than 200 hundred years ago, Americans have enjoyed core rights and liberties that made our country not just unique, but exceptional in protecting our basic freedoms. But no more. Just last week, The Congress of the United States sent a strong message to the American people that infringement on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution itself is just all part of the price we pay for “Big Government” to protect us. Thomas Paine warned us at the birth of our nation that “it is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”He would be stunned today to watch our Congress march in lock step with the President in renewing the so called Patriot Act.
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly six years ago, the African American community in Greater New Orleans suffered a devastating and disproportionate blow from Hurricane Katrina, as the storm's wrath and subsequent failures of relief and recovery programs drove thousands of minority residents from their neighborhoods and delayed their timely return to the only homes and livelihoods many had ever known. Now the state's legislators want to punish these long-suffering but resilient Louisiana citizens once again, by approving a redistricting plan for the State Senate that weakens the political clout of these residents in the halls of power, thereby diminishing even further any chance for a full and fair recovery for all communities.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced he has signed HB 519 passed by the Legislature into law, bringing the total number of bills signed for the 2011 Regular Legislative Session to two bills.
Governor Jindal and Louisiana Economic Development, Music in the Lafayette Square in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers, Amedisys and LSU's Ourso Busines School makes today's Bayoubuzz's Louisiana business news for today:
Not many pieces of legislation have the triple virtues of saving taxpayers on the administration end, the paying end, and in reduction of government activity, but SB 108 by state Sen. Neil Riser does all of this and hopefully continues its move to enactment by the conclusion of this year’s legislative session in Louisiana.