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Medicaid expansion for Louisiana still bad idea

Friday, 01 May 2015 10:15 Written by

louisiana capitolMaybe the front door may seem closed, but the back door now is wide open for Louisiana health insurance ratepayers, out-of-pocket payers for hospital services, and taxpayers to see their health care costs increase as a result of Medicaid expansion by another name in the state.

Louisiana gubernatorial, Lt. Governor candidates to debate; Abraham to speak; LABI against; Dardenne tours
Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:07 Written by

john-youngLouisiana gubernatorial and Lt. Governor Debate

The first major Governor’s debate will be held Saturday night in Covington and hosted by CRIMEFIGHTERS, the state’s largest victims’ rights organization.  The event will be held at  the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center located at 501 North Highway 190 in Covington at6:30 p.m.  Senator David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and State Senator John Bel Edwards have agreed to the debate and format which includes questions from candidate to candidate.    In the Lt. Governor debate, Jefferson Parish President John Young, former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and State Senator Elbert Guillory have agreed to the debate and format.

Treasury Kennedy backs OGB lawsuit against alleged illegal actions
Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:18 Written by

A lawsuit has been filed alleging violations involving the Office of Group Benefits' trust fund and state employee health plan changes, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

Louisiana Medical marijuana chances not just pipe dream as national industry grows
Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:34 Written by

med-weedMedical marijuana industry in Louisiana just got a little greener.  The chances of the plant becoming more acceptable in the Bayou State might no longer be a pipedream of weed advocates.  Wednesday April 29 will be marked as somewhat of a breakthrough for those interested in the state becoming more pot-friendly, although not like Colorado, Washington or the District of Columbia, which has approved recreational marijuana.

Louisiana film industry continues its tax credit crack addiction
Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:14 Written by

louisiana-entertainmentThe only real conclusion observers could draw from the Louisiana Legislature’s initial attempt to reform its wasteful Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit is that it seems sacred and bound to continue keeping hooked its crack baby to the detriment of the state and its people.

LSU's financial sky has been falling
Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:36 Written by

chicken-littleby Jim Brown

Chicken Little has got nothing on King Alexander.  The LSU president is shouting from the rooftops that the state financial commitment is crumbling to the ground, the LSU fiscal sky is falling, and he is about to declare “academic bankruptcy.”  Academic bankruptcy?  I’ve been around and a part of Louisiana state government for some 44 years, and I’ve never heard of the phrase.  You can’t even Google it and find any other example. 

Edwards, Harris push party arguments after Louisiana House committee Medicaid Expansion vote
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:21 Written by

Louisiana-house-repsThe Louisiana Democratic Party and the Louisiana House Republicans issued statements today after a very emotional hearing over the issue of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Waiting for Kate Middleton's baby to slide to royal birthdom
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:40 Written by

kate-hospitalWhat do you do when you are Kate Middleton, married to Prince William, you claim you are pregnant, and you are now four days past your due date? http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2015/kate-middleton-induce-labor-st-marys-hospital-baby-birth-past-due-date/.

Louisiana House committee rejects Medicaid Expansion, again
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:45 Written by

med-expansionThe Louisiana House of Representatives voted against the Medicaid Extension legislation HCR 3 associated with the Affordable Care Act and was involuntarily deferred after a lengthy debate.  

Discussions about LSU exigency, firing its president, recruiting losses and Jindal politics
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 11:39 Written by

lsuby Bob Mann

The word about LSU’s financial woes, particularly the threat of academic bankruptcy, is now national news. From the Boston Globe to Bloomberg News to the Houston Chronicle to Al Jazeera America, the news is out that LSU is on the ropes.

First, LSU President F. King Alexander issued a statement on Wednesday, in which he said, “Based on the current status of the budget debate, we have decided to begin contingency planning for exigency as many of our campuses may be impacted, as well as other campuses across the state.”

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