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huntingToday, Governor Bobby Jindal and General Manager Bill Price of Hunting Energy Services-U.S. Manufacturing announced the company is completing a $62 million industrial expansion near Houma. The company is consolidating and expanding its Terrebonne Parish operations with a 304,000-square-foot facility designed to broaden its services to the offshore oil industry.

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jindal-cartoonby Tom Aswell, Publisher of LouisianaVoice.com

As the days of his administration dwindle and the certainty of the numbers sets in, Gov. Bobby finally must come to the undeniable realization that his quest for the Republican nomination is a vanishing dream (actually, it was over long ago), he and his disciples of delusion must now turn their attention to their respective futures.

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treenby Jim Brown

In his quixotic quest to run for president, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been out of the state 50% of the time in recent months. He’s rarely been visible in his home state, but voters are getting to know him far and wide in the likes Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, and numerous other states with early presidential primaries. So the question is — who’s in charge when the Louisiana Governor is on the campaign trail? 

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cowby 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.”

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educationWhy go to all this trouble? Peripherally attached to a budget somewhat contortioned, perhaps the most convoluted item of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s fiscal year 2016 effort is a request (not actually in the budget) that cuts in state monies for higher education could be offset partially by an extra fee put upon students, the cost of which would be claimable as a tax credit, financed by an increase in cigarette taxes. Why such a Rube Goldberg device when there’s a far less complex answer to bolster higher education’s resources?

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louisiana-legislatureThrust into the spotlight by becoming the crucial fulcrum on which Louisiana’s fiscal year 2016 budget balances, the state’s inventory/ad valorem tax credit reflects the inefficient, strange outlier tax behind it where the abolition of which would promote fairness and better potential for economic development.

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kristy-barwell-compressedToday, the Jindal Administration released its Executive Budget in front of an overflow audience at the State Capitol today.  The issue--how to plug a gaping $1.6B budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

Below is a budget overview from the administration issued today moments after the proceedings began.

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moretAt the time that the very succesful tax credit programs are going under severe scrutinydue to the costs to the state government, today, Governor Jindal's Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret and State Inspector General Stephen Street issued the following joint statement concerning efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the film tax credit program:

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jindal-perryby Jim Brown

I guess the good Lord has to put up with politicians. Nary a week goes by when some governor or other political type is holding a prayer rally and declaring that the ills of the nation can be cured by America being “born again” through embracing a Christian evangelical fervor. So the question is, do the Gospels need politicians?

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vitter-teaDavid Vitter is calling on the big guns in his run for the Louisiana governor’s mansion. Today, he unveiled the support of former US President George H. W. Bush.

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