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la film 2According to Chris Stelly, Louisiana state is very competitive and becoming increasingly diversified in its entertainment business.  Stelly, who is Executive Director Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry, Division of Louisiana Economic Development, made these and other comments in a Facebook Live interview with Bayoubuzz Publisher Stephen Sabludowsky, Friday morning. 

More particularly, Stelly said the film industry is making a comeback after a slight setback due to the budget woes which created a perception problem that the film industry was failing.

 

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louisiana capital 3A new report adds impetus to the idea that Louisiana can save money by rearranging resources in correctional policy.

Last week my column for The Advocate noted how greater reliance upon private operation of state prisons could save the state money, contrary to the budgetary decision this year that cut reimbursement to private operators. By doing that, those operators need no longer provide rehabilitative and treatment programs, on par with local facilities holding state prisoners that receive the same $24.39 per day per inmate. About half of all state prisoners at any given time serve time in a local facility, but fewer than half of those institutions provide this kind of programming standard in state lockups.

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Louisiana capitolThe impact from the Great Flood of 2016 continues to be felt across Louisiana. Almost one-third of the state, 20 parishes, has been declared a disaster area. Over 100,000 people have applied for FEMA disaster aid. Initial estimates are that over 40,000 home were destroyed and possibly 90% of the people impacted by the storm did not have flood insurance. 

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filmThat giant sucking sound you heard came from film industry locusts extracting money from Louisiana’s taxpayers. But after that happened, a model for the future of the state’s Motion Picture Investor Film Credit had its debut recently in Shreveport.

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waguespack compressedFor the first six months of the year, a constant barrage of state budgetary doom and gloom littered news reports and incessantly occupied the airspace. This political messaging machine was revved up and driven hard to stress the need for taxpayers to pony up much more money for the government to solve state spending problems – despite the increasingly worsening economic conditions encountered by our residents. As the story went, there was simply no other choice, and failure to pay would lead to a chaotic world filled with a litany of unacceptable consequences, such as canceled football seasons and shuttered hospitals and universities.

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alarioRightly so that Louisiana’s fiscal structure deserves blame for the state’s chronic inability to fund chosen priorities properly, but unhelpful attitudes persisting in the political culture also hamper the state on this account; in fact, beliefs of some policy-makers about the scope and role of government that determines policy choices made run counter to the ideas about these inserted into the U.S. Constitution.

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dardenne myth taxThis year, there have been many claims made by opponents of the John Bel Edwards administration that have been promoted on various right-wing blogs, by various politicians and political groups. 

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dardennne budgetWhy did  Democrat John Bel Edwards and Jay Dardenne suddenly start their transition team and the first year of their administration, by trying to raise taxes, especially when, throughout the campaign, none of the candidates advocated doing so?  

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Loss of TOPS' is Louisiana's gain
Thursday, 07 July 2016 14:11

If a student has depended upon or counted on in their future the Taylor Opportunity Program for Scholars to fund fully their tuition, or is a university administrator searching for revenue, it’s not the end of the world, it’s the just the real world.

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While the state begins to focus upon their summer vacations, Presidential race and even that US Senate election around the corner, there is some Louisiana legislative work still on the stove.

Just one of those items needing completion is hearing from SMOR Pollster and political analyst, Bernie Pinsonat regarding the second special session of hell.

Taxes were raised, but, not as much as Governor John Bel Edwards wanted.  There were winners and some losers.

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