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louisiana-legislatureThe Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released an analysis of the budget crises today which it calls--Budget Vertigo—“Magic rabbits, hidden holes and sleights of hand are not the only potential solutions to our fiscal challenge”

kangaroo-courtby Jim Brown

Remember the scene in the movie, The Fugitive, where Harrison Ford is about to jump off a cliff into a raging river?  He turns to his pursuer, a federal agent played by Tommy Lee Jones, and says: “I’m innocent!”  Jones shakes his head and says: “I don’t care.”  In recent months, a series of investigative reports from across the Bayou State have concluded that numerous federal and state prosecutors are primarily interested in winning — getting the indictment, the guilty plea, the conviction. But when it comes to seeking justice, one could argue that many prosecutors just don’t seem to care.


kennedy-officeThe State Bond Commission approved $206 million for projects statewide and saved taxpayers more than $6.4 million at its April 16 meeting, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.
"We approved projects in parishes across Louisiana," said Treasurer Kennedy. "These are vital projects that include water, sewer and school system improvements as well as acquiring equipment for solid waste facilities."

laborby Bob Mann

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “State of the State” address to the Louisiana Legislature on Monday was such a cornucopia of half-truths and distortions, it’s difficult to know where to start.

The longer Jindal serves as governor, the greater a fabulist he becomes.

vitter-teaby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Buckle your political seat belts
    As the Fax-Net was going to press on Monday, April 13, the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature was convening at noon in Baton Rouge. It has a lot of work to do before it adjourns at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

stop-hillary-compressedStop Hillary.

That is the message of the day for Republicans throughout the nation.  Stop Hillary Clinton.

It certainly has been the message in the various states, such as Louisiana, even hours after her Internet announcement today.

Stop Hillary.

The Louisiana GOP has a special treat for those pledging to stop Hillary.  A bumper sticker, donning the slogan, Stop Hillary, of course.

hecht-2Hard, difficult, tough choices, for sure.

It will not be easy to plug a $1.6 billion dollar budget deficit this spring that could put Louisiana healthcare, higher education and other state services on the mat.

hecht-budgetOn Monday April 13, the Louisiana legislative session begins.

This is not like any legislative session.  The state has a serious fiscal problem.  It is $1.6B dollars short of expenses.  Many are wondering how the state will fix the problem, if it can.

wallettaxIt’s no secret that tax bills aren’t created equal. But while most of us understand that some states don’t charge income or sales taxes, we don’t necessarily realize how state-by-state tax differences result in us paying considerably more (or less) than our neighbors in other states. To answer that question, WalletHub today released a report on 2015’s Best & Worst States to Be a Taxpayer.

 

 

 

 

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