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Out of the state an average of 4 of 10 days, Gov. Bobby Jindal picks up his cellphone to govern the state while he's away

Sunday, 05 July 2015 11:33 Written by
Even before officially joining the presidential sweepstakes, Gov. Bobby Jindal spent far less time in Louisiana than his predecessors. Since announcing June 24 that he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Jindal has been in Louisiana only one day, according to campaign news releases and the lieutenant governor’s records. And with just six months left in his administration, Jindal is expected to spend more and more time in the early primary states of
Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits
Saturday, 04 July 2015 16:27 Written by
In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws. Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the co-chairs of the joint budget committee. They said that they're committed to open and accountable government.…
Opponents vow to overturn vaccination law at Santa Monica rally
Saturday, 04 July 2015 10:36 Written by
Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one of the nation's strictest mandatory vaccination bills, several hundred opponents rallied in Santa Monica on Friday and vowed to repeal it. "I am not going to stop until the truth comes out — this is heinous, this is dangerous," said Silvana Appleman, an Agoura Hills grandmother who marched with the others from the Santa Monica Pier to City Hall, chanting, "parents call the shots" and "we're not…
Bossier City Mayor: We're more than just Tax Incentives.
Saturday, 04 July 2015 01:34 Written by
The Louisiana State Budget produced some winners and losers in the game of not getting cut. Despite deep cuts Bossier City got 5 major projects approved that many will see come to life real soon. Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker spoke to KTBS 3 and gave his reaction to the state budget of 2015. The Jimmie Davis Bridge lighting and rehab project still has the green light. Money for an additional parking lot at Bossier
Jindal: ‘What Is the Point’ of GOP that Accepts ‘Baseline Dependence’?
Friday, 03 July 2015 23:57 Written by
Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal wondered “What is the point of having a Republican Party?” that accepts both baseline spending and “baseline dependence” in an interview broadcast on Friday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Jindal stated, (relevant exchange begins at 5:27) “We need to shrink it [federal spending] and we need to balance the budget. Sean, if we can’t shrink the size of the federal budget, we might as
Feud simmering between four-year and two-year colleges over state funding distribution
Friday, 03 July 2015 17:05 Written by
State funding for Louisiana’s colleges and universities became a unifying force in the most recent legislative session, but behind the scenes animosity has been simmering over a disparity in the way two-year and four-year institutions are funded. Leaders on the community college level say the state funds have been distributed to “keep doors open” at four-year colleges, which have seen declining enrollment, at the expense of two-year schools, which have seen explosive growth
Guest column: There is no such thing as “medical” marijuana
Friday, 03 July 2015 16:28 Written by
Dr. Ken RoyBy Ken Roy, M.D. The Louisiana legislature, in its wisdom, passed Senate Bill 143 “Medical Marijuana” in both houses of the legislature, and that bill has now received the signature of the governor. This is a sad day for science, a sad day for medicine and a sad day for the State of Louisiana. At issue is an end run effort to introduce legal “medical marijuana”
La Joya ISD goes back to drawing board on budget
Friday, 03 July 2015 09:39 Written by
La Joya ISD Superintendent Alda T. Benavides said administrators are going back to the drawing board at the third budget workshop of the summer. The general fund as proposed is $28 million over budget, with an anticipated $308 million in expenses. That includes raises for employees, but it doesn’t include another $30 million in special projects. “Needless to say, between here and … the next board meeting, we’re going to do some work to
Former LTCC dean running for Legislature
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:53 Written by
Posted: Friday, July 3, 2015 8:30 am Former LTCC dean running for Legislature 0 comments Local education leader, business owner and veteran Mickey Murphy announced recently that he will be a candidate for Louisiana State Senate District 12 in the Oct. 24 primary. Murphy said he is running to be a voice for the citizens of District 12 in Baton Rouge. “I’m running for the
PATTERSON: The White House And Congress Should Leave LIFO Alone
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:53 Written by
Editor’s Note: A guest post from Jim Patterson, director of LABI’s Taxation Council. Taxing business inventory was a major issue during this year’s legislative session. Louisiana’s archaic local inventory tax and the problematic Band-Aid of a state tax credit to offset it both came under fire. But there is another fight over inventory taxation that is currently taking place in Washington, D.C., and its outcome will just as significantly impact Louisiana businesses. President Obama wishes…
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