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kicking-the-canby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

Our friend C.B. Forgotston, who follows the legislature relentlessly, alerted us to this little tidbit this morning that illustrates just how far the legislature is willing to go to absolve itself of any responsibility in the current fiscal mess in which the state currently finds itself.

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chehardy-hangoutAs a state of Louisiana struggles with its enormous budget issue and as its governor, Bobby Jindal continues to make national headlines in his run for president, some are asking how do we deal with a budget crisis like this?

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brown-hangoutLouisiana's legislative session is half-completed.  There is much uncertainty in the air.  Will the legislators and Governor Jindal craft  a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year--as they are constitutionally mandated to do?  If the budget involves taxes that have been approved by the House and which are being discussed in the Senate, will the governor veto them and the budget?  Will there be an override session?   

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jindal-louisiana-pinsonat-budgetFor some, it is shocker.   To others, it has been long-expected.

On Tuesday, Bernie Pinsonat and SMOR released its new poll (the spring poll) during the middle of the legislative session from hell.  The state is 1.6B in a hole.  Governor Bobby Jindal appears to have one foot in the room and three-feet out of the door en route to Iowa and New Hampshire.  The prospects of dramatic cuts, seemingly impossible cuts, are knocking at the windows from outside.

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jindal e newman 1What Me worry?

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has often been lampooned in the media.  After the dreadful “State of the Union”- related speech to the nation, caricatures appeared all over—from Alfred E. Newman to Mr. Roberts.

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seabaughby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

    State Rep. Alan Seabaugh is playing with fire, according to some local politicos, as he fights for passage of a bill that would eliminate employee payroll deductions for union dues.
    The bill is being pushed heavily by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and Republicans, including Seabaugh, are carrying the water for the business lobby.  Seabaugh has a 98% voter approval rating with LABI.

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lsuWith the House of Representatives approving over $670 million in revenues which includes taxes today in a major session at the capitol, the State's University leaders have indicated its approval with the statement below. 

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ok-corralWhat’s wrong with this picture?

Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s communications (press) office issued the below press release promoting the fact that Louisiana has another economic development medal it can pin on its chest.  Great news indeed. 

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filmToday is a big day for Louisiana’s future.

The Louisiana House of Representatives will likely be voting upon the future of film tax credits and tobacco taxes and other legislative instruments to generate revenues for its $1.6B budget hole.

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friesHigher Education in Louisiana is in crisis. Over the past seven years Governor Jindal and members of the state legislature have cut spending critically. It is difficult to find accurate numbers, because statisticians have a tendency to make the numbers work out the way they want. As the old saying goes: “There are lies, damn lies, and then statistics.” The governor is telling his national audience that he has actually increased spending…imagine that…at a time when nearly $700 million has been cut, with more to come!

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