If you’re a college student trying to etch out a career without going bankrupt first due to skyrocketing tuition, don’t worry; If you’re a business person depending upon the tax credit for inventory to get you through the year, no problem; If you’re a member of the working slugs, trying to get medical treatment for your family, don’t sweat it; But, if you are a Louisiana legislator, trying to keep your Capitol part-time job, you’ve got a problem.
Today, the Jindal Administration released its Executive Budget in front of an overflow audience at the State Capitol today. The issue--how to plug a gaping $1.6B budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.
Below is a budget overview from the administration issued today moments after the proceedings began.
At the time that the very succesful tax credit programs are going under severe scrutinydue to the costs to the state government, today, Governor Jindal's Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret and State Inspector General Stephen Street issued the following joint statement concerning efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the film tax credit program:
In a recent interview, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that to fight terrorism, “we need to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs….”
The Jindal Administration announced on Friday, February 27 that the Governor seeks to repeal some $777,346,103 in state tax credits netting the La Treasury $589,794,455.
“They’re still negotiating with the terrorists.”
That gem, said in a private email to LouisianaVoice, came from a blogger who is relative new on the scene but who is very perceptive about what the Bobby administration is trying to do to higher education.https://lahigheredconfessions.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/open-letter-to-higher-education-leaders-the-time-for-negotiating-is-over/
by Jim Brown
I guess the good Lord has to put up with politicians. Nary a week goes by when some governor or other political type is holding a prayer rally and declaring that the ills of the nation can be cured by America being “born again” through embracing a Christian evangelical fervor. So the question is, do the Gospels need politicians?
David Vitter is calling on the big guns in his run for the Louisiana governor’s mansion. Today, he unveiled the support of former US President George H. W. Bush.
The Louisiana legislative session is approaching, the budget is in grave shortfall, revenues enhancers are being considered even by anti-tax republicans, a Governor's race in full bloom--so, is there any politics worth discussing on this cold-dreary-winter day?
Is the Bill Cassidy LSU double-billing controversy jigged or rigged?
Is the "jigged-up" Bill Cassidy LSU double-pay controversy over, dead and gone, as at least one conservative commentator claims? Or, has a just-released LSU audit of the "scandal" that arose during the last moments of the very hotly contested election between former US Senator Mary Landrieu and then US Rreepsentative Cassidy, been rigged due to powerful influences? Apparently, according to the public sentiments of the two bloggers who broke the story, Lamar White Jr. and Jason Berry, the audit is worthless.