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....while Louisiana’s debt is downgraded, and all of our public universities teeter on bankruptcy, this is what we...

Posted by Brian Salvatore on Sunday, February 28, 2016

troy brownIt is a complete outrage that Troy Brown, a criminal, is still serving as a Louisiana State Senator. Senator Brown (D-Napoleonville) has a troubling record of domestic abuse. Twice he has pleaded guilty for violence against women. 

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legislative solar systemLouisiana Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards is from Mars, legislative Republicans are from Venus. I chose the ordering since Edwards once served as a professional warrior and some GOP legislators are women. I chose the metaphor to illustrate the completely incompatible mindset of the two that threatens to launch fireworks during the state’s whirlwind special session.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:31
Edwards blasts GOP House for lack of budget plan

edwards capitol The Louisiana legislative special session is not yet a full two days old and the gubernatorial gloves are coming off and quickly.

The issue?  How to plug another budgetary hole to pay for anticipated services due through the end of the fiscal year, ending June 30.

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Louisiana house repsWih the Louisiana legislature about to face another special session, UNO has released a new survey and the numbers do not look good.

Governor John Bel Edwards enjoys less than a majority approval, the legislature has a 2-1 disapproval but the public believes a special session is needed.

Below is the report from UNO:

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Jindal collageAccording to reporting from Tyler Bridges of the Advocate, the conservative republicans might release a plan in the next couple of days as the Louisiana legislature readies for another budget-scraping special session.

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lou gehrig burnettby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Let the games begin

    Here we go again.  Another special session to address the $304 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.
    It will convene on Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p;m. and conclude by midnight on Wednesday, February 22 – a nine-day session.
    Not everyone is happy with the call.  Some Republican legislators feel the cuts could have been made by the governor without the need for a special session.

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louisiana capital 3by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

John Bel wants Special Session

    The state of Louisiana is facing a $304 million budget shortfall, and Gov. John Bel Edwards told a legislative committee last week the cuts will be “deep and painful.”
    Edwards says he will call a 10-day Special Session beginning February 13, although some legislators contend a Special Session is not necessary.
    The Democratic governor is butting heads with some Republican legislators on another issue.  Edwards wants to tap the Rainy Day Fund to the tune of $119.4 million to address the deficit.  
    Edwards said that any plan that does not make use of the Rainy Day Fund would be catastrophic to the vast majority of people in Louisiana.
    House GOP Chairman Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, is opposed to the Special Session and presented his own plan that would not use the Rainy Day Fund and would spare higher education, while cutting nearly $30 million from the state’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) that allocates state dollars to public classrooms.
    Edwards said he draws the line at cuts to the MFP, noting it has never been done before.  The  Administration officials responded by saying Harris’ cuts would close all the safety net hospitals and put almost 5,000 prisoners on the street, among other doomsday scenarios.
    The Governor’s plan does not include tax increases or cuts to K-12 education, the Department of Corrections, or the Department of Children and Family Services. 
    The cuts would include a wide range of areas including the Department of Health, the Legislature, the Judiciary, and statewide elected officials.
    
Ban on becoming a lobbyist
    President Donald Trump is imposing a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments and a five-year ban for other lobbying.
    Trump used his executive authority this past Saturday to put the bans in place, but it’s not clear how they’d be enforced.  He said it was part of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
    Trump said that those who work for him should focus on the job they’ll be doing for the American people and not on future income earned by peddling their influence after serving in government.
    The ban just affects persons in Trump’s administration and has no affect on members of Congress.
    There are more than 12,500 lobbyists registered in Washington, D.C.. In 1974, just 3% of retiring or defeated members became lobbyists.  Today, 50% of retiring or defeated senators become lobbyists and 42% of House members.
    House members are barred from lobbying Congress for a year after they leave office.  Senators face a two-year ban.  Ex-lawmakers still can lobby the executive branch and provide behind-the-scenes advice to companies and other organizations trying to influence federal legislation.  They can also lobby state and local officials.

 

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edwards pressGet ready for another legislative special session.  After all, this is Louisiana.

Ever since the closing years of Governor Bobby Jindal who left the state in a budget hole, the worst in state history, Louisiana has bounced from one special session to regular session to special session after another.

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lance harris 4Scare tactic or legitimate concerns?

That is the current issue as Republican Lance Harris and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards slug it out before the Louisiana legislative session begins.

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internet taxesYou would think that in the New Year, following a year when the Louisiana legislature raised taxes by over one billion dollars, lawmakers would sense the public’s anti-tax fervor and would be averse to mining every nook and cranny for more taxes.  But now Governor John Bel Edwards, with full legislative support and in a desperate attempt to send more revenue to state coffers, is quite willing to stick purchasers with sales taxes for whatever they buy online. 

 

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  • Despite 5th plea, Schiff says House Intelligence Committee pursues Flynn's documents
  • Facebook Live: Discuss harm of Trump budget proposal on Louisiana coastal economy, restoration
  • Governor Edwards welcomes Pence with Medicaid, budget, Louisiana coast wishlist
  • World Premiere tonight in N.O. Bilderberg, the Movie

flynn2Despite General Michael Flynn’s announcement via his counsel that the General and former head of National Security, would take the 5th Amendment in Congressional proceedings, the Intelligence Committee will pursue information, regardless.

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560 usgs land loss map 2The efforts to rebuild the Louisiana coast has suffered a major and immediate setback, assuming that Congress goes along with the most recent budget proposal from President Trump.

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penceToday, Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Louisiana as he Veep is attending a event with top Louisianqa Republican officials. Along with the welcome, however, is a wishlist of requests including an item of recent vinctage involving the current Trump budget which tears a hole into the funding for the Louisiana coastal restoration. 

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bilderbergIt is always an honor when a movie premiere is held in New Orleans and tonight is no exception. At 7:30 p.m. Bilderberg, the Movie will premiere at the historic Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street.

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