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Louisiana tobacco tax up in vapor, Demos hype IBM letter, crawfish and taxes, Earthday

Friday, 17 April 2015 11:07 Written by

earthday  The Louisiana Democratic Party has taken a shot at Republican Governor Bobby Jindal over the religious liberty legislation he supports.  Here is an email from this morning the party blasted:

PAR blasts Louisiana budget solutions, offers its own
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:52

louisiana-legislatureThe Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released an analysis of the budget crises today which it calls--Budget Vertigo—“Magic rabbits, hidden holes and sleights of hand are not the only potential solutions to our fiscal challenge”

Louisiana Tobacco Settlement funds going down in smoke
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:03 Written by

tobacco-settlementby Treasurer John Kennedy

You probably hear the words "tobacco settlement" and wonder what the heck that even means. Allow me to boil it down for you: It translates into hundreds of millions of dollars for legislators struggling to balance the state budget, and that's definitely not a good thing. Even worse, it means saddling our children and our grandchildren with a staggering $1.2 billion in debt.

Singing Jindal's swan song
Friday, 17 April 2015 09:56 Written by

Jindal-collagePerhaps a little less valedictory but mostly predictably, Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his swan song State of the State address to open the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, determined to go out in his own way, in his own time, both putting a period on his attempted transformation of the state and starting a new chapter outside of it.

Louisiana Gay group responds to IBM’s opposition to religious freedom bill
Friday, 17 April 2015 09:01 Written by

ibmAfter IBM, the international technology and communications company (who has recently decided to invest in Louisiana), requested that Bobby Jindal modify his support for a controversial “religious freedom bill filed this legislative session,  the gay-rights group, Equality Louisiana offered its own perspective:

US need freedom from bloated IRS, tax code, federal government
Friday, 17 April 2015 08:44 Written by

cruzThis was the horrible week in which millions of Americans paid their taxes to the ever increasing and intrusive federal government. This year, the tax burden has grown with Tax Freedom Day appearing on April 24, meaning that Americans will spend approximately one third of the year working for government before they can provide for their families.

Louisiana prosecutorial misconduct ranks as injustice reigns
Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:54

kangaroo-courtby Jim Brown

Remember the scene in the movie, The Fugitive, where Harrison Ford is about to jump off a cliff into a raging river?  He turns to his pursuer, a federal agent played by Tommy Lee Jones, and says: “I’m innocent!”  Jones shakes his head and says: “I don’t care.”  In recent months, a series of investigative reports from across the Bayou State have concluded that numerous federal and state prosecutors are primarily interested in winning — getting the indictment, the guilty plea, the conviction. But when it comes to seeking justice, one could argue that many prosecutors just don’t seem to care.

Kennedy announces Louisiana Bond Commission approves $206M for projects
Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:46


kennedy-officeThe State Bond Commission approved $206 million for projects statewide and saved taxpayers more than $6.4 million at its April 16 meeting, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.
"We approved projects in parishes across Louisiana," said Treasurer Kennedy. "These are vital projects that include water, sewer and school system improvements as well as acquiring equipment for solid waste facilities."

With $1.6B deficit, nothing funny about Jindal's rosy Louisiana economy
Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:08 Written by


bea-personal-incomeWith Louisiana facing a $1.6B deficit, just how is the state's economy doing so legislators can determine its future revenues based upon growth opportunities.

Jindal doing a job on Louisiana's unemployment numbers
Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:38

laborby Bob Mann

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “State of the State” address to the Louisiana Legislature on Monday was such a cornucopia of half-truths and distortions, it’s difficult to know where to start.

The longer Jindal serves as governor, the greater a fabulist he becomes.

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