While the news media focuses upon the major Louisiana budget gap of roughly $1.6B, hard decisions need to be made, within a backdrop that voters might not understand the enormity of the budget cuts needed and the changes that need to be made to get through the upcoming legislative session.
Other than the Louisiana Legislators (and others), trying to somehow fill-in a $1.6B budget hole, arguably, the worse in modern Louisiana history, there are other matters on the legislative and political plate that will both impact and which will be the effect of what occurs during the session.
I know that tweet stalking is a kinky way to follow the news. But, in the new era of digital communications, it beats watching Fox News and MSNBC during the afternoons.
Sometimes, there is no better way to pass the day than sitting down with some "good political reads". Let me throw in, some great tweets, too.
Today is no exception.
The upcoming Louisiana legislative session, the state's massive budget hole, Governor Bobby Jindal's focus upon his own personal future career is receiving plenty of media ink lately.
If state Rep. Franklin Foil knows what’s going on with his HB 62, he’s the only one.
Foil’s bill would amend the Constitution to get rid partially of the odd artifact that any new fee imposition or existing fee increase by a state agency needs a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the Legislature to go through. As it applies specifically to academia, this includes both fees and tuition.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-NET
Jindal bringing up the rear
A new national poll by Quinnipiac University of potential GOP presidential candidates has Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal bringing up the rear out of nine contenders for the party’s nomination.
by Ron Chapman
The citizens of Louisiana have to make a decision. Is education necessary? If so, then fund it! If not, then cut all expenditures and accept a state of ignorance and the subsequent destruction of Louisiana’s economy vitality. Also, acknowledge you are sacrificing your children on an altar of “fiscal mismanagement.”
The Jindal Administration announced on Friday, February 27 that the Governor seeks to repeal some $777,346,103 in state tax credits netting the La Treasury $589,794,455.
The film industry has scrambled successfully to keep from drying up its mother milk from Louisiana taxpayers, if the suggested “fixes” to the Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit contained in proposed bills by a pair of timid legislators serves as an indicator.
In separate bill drafts, state Sen. JP Morrell and state Rep. Julie Stokes propose reforms of the state’s film subsidy, which through the life of the program to 2012 had cost the state $800 million more in taxpayer dollars than it brought in and which at the current rate of project approval will have topped $1 billion by the end of last year. Neither adequately address the hemorrhaging of taxpayer dollars.