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Jindal cigarette tax-higher education plan is inefficient

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:48 Written by

educationWhy go to all this trouble? Peripherally attached to a budget somewhat contortioned, perhaps the most convoluted item of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s fiscal year 2016 effort is a request (not actually in the budget) that cuts in state monies for higher education could be offset partially by an extra fee put upon students, the cost of which would be claimable as a tax credit, financed by an increase in cigarette taxes. Why such a Rube Goldberg device when there’s a far less complex answer to bolster higher education’s resources?

Pregnant pausing over Kate Middleton's or Milla Jovovich's baby bumps
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:17 Written by

kate-middleton-hatWant to see a lady who’s really eight months’ pregnant?

Take a look at Milla Jovovich, who waddled around in sensible flat shoes, support hose, and a very attractive mumu that left nothing to the imagination.

Hillary Clinton coronation slammed by private email scandal
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:38 Written by

hillary-compressedWith the bombshell revelations that Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State used a private email account to conduct official business, there is a growing chorus of liberals such as Ron Fournier of the National Journal who are now questioning her inevitability as the Democratic Party nominee for President.

Netanyahu Speech Poll: Iran nuclear deal good or bad?
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:51 Written by

netanyahu2Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress Tuesday about the nuclear deal with Iran.  The Prime Minister said the deal was a bad one.  Immediately after the speech, The Obama administration and others criticized the speech saying it provided no new information and that Netanyahu did not convey all of the alternatives, such as, what if there were no deal.  Below is the transcript, a poll and articles following the speech.

Return of the Netanyahu-Bush-Wolfowitz, Cheney neocon dynasty
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:06 Written by

cspan-netanahuHe looks like Dracula.

But a rather elderly Dracula, very grey and wrinkly, but still dark and brooding.

And a very thirsty Dracula...one of the undead who’s ready to take a long drink of...of...

Another bad week for Bobby Jindal and Louisiana
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:57 Written by

Louisiana-house-repsby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
    
   As state legislators head to Baton Rouge for the session, which beginsApril 13, they face the daunting task of plugging a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget for the fiscal year which beginsJuly 1.

 

Pregnant Kate Middleton’s news: The lumpy bumpy s fetus sweater
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:26 Written by

kate-middleton-and-prince-williamKate Middleton stepped out the other day to visit The Goring Hotel, a venue favored by her parents, who hosted the Middletons’ family guests there for the Royal Wedding of Kate to Prince William a few years ago.  She didn’t wear a coat of any kind, despite the chill, and she wore a tight-fitting flowery dress that showed off, well...showed off...something. 

As predicted, LSU frees Bill Cassidy
Monday, 02 March 2015 12:34 Written by

landrieu-cassidyby Lamar White Jr., Publisher of Cenlamar

Last week, a prominent national reporter spoke with me about a paper I’m working on for one of my law school classes. I’d asked for his help because I knew he was an expert in the subject, and thankfully, he took the time to answer my questions. At the tail end of our conversation, he asked me about the story I’d helped to break about Bill Cassidy’s work with LSU. He was curious, he said, because he’d actually seen the same documents that I posted a few weeks before I had. He thought it was an important story, but he couldn’t find anyone interested in publishing it, which, he said, was frustrating.

Jindal's inventory tax reform takes on special interests
Monday, 02 March 2015 12:19 Written by

louisiana-legislatureThrust into the spotlight by becoming the crucial fulcrum on which Louisiana’s fiscal year 2016 budget balances, the state’s inventory/ad valorem tax credit reflects the inefficient, strange outlier tax behind it where the abolition of which would promote fairness and better potential for economic development.

Rest Louisiana, Grover Norquist and Jindal have your back
Monday, 02 March 2015 11:52 Written by

groverIf 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.

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