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Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off Royalty To Be Crowned Saturday In New Orleans

Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:09 Written by

Louisiana Seafood CookoffRepresentatives from the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and reigning Louisiana Seafood King Chef Chris Lusk of Café Adelaide will crown the new Louisiana Seafood King or Queen following the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.

Saints Fans Say NFL Owners, Players Are Greedy
Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:22 Written by

No games have been lost: preseason or those that actually count.

Yet NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conceded the owners' lockout of players that is in its third month -- and with no end in sight -- is doing damage to the NFL (No Football League). Fans, he said, are beyond restless.

Louisiana GOP House Error Over Budget Creates Political Bind
Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:53 Written by

Louisiana House Of RepresentativesIt didn’t take long for the Louisiana House’s petulance, and in particular that of self-styled Republican “fiscal conservatives,” to come back to haunt it. The possibility that the GOP would put itself into a political bind became reality when its own recent action stymied its ability to pass a budget to its liking.

Earlier this week, supported by House Republican leaders, the body made a rule change that would require two-thirds approval for any use of funds that were deemed “one-time” in nature – asset sales, privatization proceeds, and dipping into funds with dedicated sources of revenue – in a budget beyond what the forecasted increase in state general fund revenues would be for the next fiscal year. This meant that when the state’s operating budget came up for discussion, cuts of $93 million needed to happen.

Hey, Louisiana can have say in U.S. Presidential Primaries
Thursday, 26 May 2011 00:24 Written by

Jim BrownLast week, this column analyzed how only a handful of states will be both relevant and make any substantive difference in next year’s presidential election.  Under the present system, it’s a “winner take all” contest, where the state’s electoral votes go to the top vote getter.  In a red state, like Louisiana, a Republican voting majority is a dead cinch.  So why should the candidate for president pay any attention to die hard red or blue states where campaigning is of little value?  How about this? Maybe there is a way for my home state of Louisiana to become a major player.

100-Year Storm Risk Reduction Elevation Map Released For Louisiana
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:16 Written by

Hurricane KatrinaIs South Louisiana safe in the event there is a hurricane such as Katrina?

The Corps of Engineers has released an updated Status Map of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). The color-keyed map illustrates the established 100-year risk reduction elevations for individual areas throughout the system. The map can be viewed at http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/hps2/pdf/riskstatusmap.pdf

Louisiana Raids Florida Digital Media Company, BitRaider
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:59 Written by

Louisiana Technology ParkToday, a Florida digital media company wanting to take advantage of Louisiana's economic development packages has announced that it was moving to Baton Rouge.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and BitRaider MMO LLC CEO Royal O'Brien announced BitRaider will relocate from Jacksonville, Fla., to the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge. According to Louisiana Economic Development, BitRaider will create 22 direct jobs at the tech park, with average annual wages of $51,000, plus benefits. LED estimates BitRaider will generate another 35 indirect jobs in the regional economy, for a total of 57 new jobs. Also, the company will invest approximately $450,000 to equip its space in the technology park. Gov. Jindal also gave an update on Electronic Arts Inc., or EA, which plans to expand employment in Louisiana.

Stop Income Tax Loss Is Better Choice For Louisiana Legislature
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:44 Written by

Governor JindalAs Louisiana faces a $1.6 billion budget deficit, the Legislature has advanced bills that would eliminate Louisiana's corporate and personal income taxes. Another would make it even more difficult to pass budget bills in the House of Representatives. This is apparently being done without significant opposition from the governor’s office.

Better Choices for a Better Louisiana, a broad-based coalition of businesses and nonprofit organizations represents environmental, human welfare, healthcare, labor, faith-based, social justice, and civil rights interests, opposes these efforts to undermine the fiscal integrity of the state. Nearly half of the state’s general fund revenues would be lost without the corporate and personal income taxes.

New Orleans Saints: Bush, Ingram, Will Smith, Manning, Greg Williams
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:52 Written by

Drew BreesBelieve it or sneer, but new Saints running back Mark Ingram wants Reggie Bush to remain with the team despite his presence makes Bush expendable.

But such is the case. Ingram and Bush have known each other for a couple of years and have talked about having two Heisman Trophy winners in the same backfield.  They were even on the same flight to Los Angles last week. Ingram was in LA to be interviewed on Friday night's "Total Access" on NFL Network.

"I'm really looking forward to being in the same backfield as Reggie and on the same team," said Ingram during the interview. "Definitely we want him with us. I think it would be nothing but an advantage for our team to have an explosive guy like him in our offense.

Will Louisiana Gov. Jindal Win Merger Second Time Around?
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 11:10 Written by

JindalLeading the effort of state and local officials and citizens to rise to the challenge of the rising river, Gov. Bobby Jindal burnishes his reputation as a master of disaster. While there is no politics to be played in the ongoing flood watch, the state's fixation on it served to distract attention from Jindal's legislative agenda taking on water at the Capitol.

His signature reform for higher education was lost last week when his ally in the effort, House Speaker Jim Tucker, gave up on passing a bill to merge the University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans, in face of all-out opposition from the Legislative Black Caucus and the Southern community.

Louisiana's LED Moret Says Mega Fund Raid Talks Are Hurting State
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:35 Written by

Louisiana CapitolThe budget crunched State of Louisiana is going through some tough times lately.  Its legislature is trying to determine the best way to fix a 1.6 billion dollar hole for the upcoming fiscal year.  One idea that has passed the House Appropriations committee is to raid the state’s $82 million Mega-Project Development Fund which money is dedicated to lure big economic development projects into the state.

The Bobby Jindal administration is opposed to tapping into this fund as well as certain other budgetary measures taken by the House committee.  Specifically, the Louisiana Economic Development Secretary (LED), Stephen Moret has been very vocal about the consequences of using this dedicated money for filling holes in the budget.

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