For 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.
Rightly 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.
This 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.
Why 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?
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.
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.
As this is political season, a United States election coming up, and legislators and political parties trying to cover its butt for their own members raising taxes, once again, there is also a defense by the John Bel Edwards administration to offset what I call BS (and what they call politely calling “myths”).
The issue is, is the budget $2 billion dollars more this year, than last year?
Seems Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Administration’s campaign of employing the Goebbels Principle to create a distorted view of the Democrat’s first six months in office could not wait for the launching of its formal tour.
According to certain (conservative to right-wing) legislators and bloggers (and their loyal followers) who are always going to push an agenda, to make Democrats and Governor John Bel Edwards look like he is "a liar" and "a tax and spender", we just wasted this spring and summer raising a lot of taxes, we did not need to raise.
Who are some of the big winners and losers from the recent Louisiana legislative special session that ended Thursday night of last week?
This was one of the first questions I asked Greg Hilburn as he was driving in from Baton Rouge to New Orleans early Friday morning.