Is the Louisiana budget really balanced now that the Louisiana’s legislative session is history? If not, what will the state do to balance the budget? Did the revenue measures have the required vote to pass or did they need two-thirds vote? Since the budget next year appears to be just as bad as this year’s, will we see more taxes? Are Republican officials in a position to raise more revenues through taxes and fees?
According to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, BRAC, there existed a "disconnect" in what transpired at the Capitol at the conclusion of the session and summarizing the session as a whole, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and the legislature funded higher education but raised business taxes.
Governor Jindal: Don’t tell us we balanced budget by not raising taxes
The Louisiana legislative session from hell is over. Here are some quick observations:
From comments proffered by state Rep. Lance Harris, leader of the GOP House delegation, at a meeting of Baton Rouge Republicans, we can draw two conclusions: level of government, national or state, doesn’t affect the tendency for party leaders in elected offices to lose touch with the people that elected them and that it takes some self-deception and delusion to hold that office, that personifies the products of this year’s session of the Legislature stemming from the state’s political culture.
This space warned two years ago that the parts of the gun had been made, and implored voters not to put it together. But they either were ignorant of or ignored that and did it. Now the Louisiana Legislature has put the bullet in the chamber, leaving it only in the hands of next year’s new body and governor to fire the bullet into the corpus of the people of Louisiana.
Unquestionably, the Louisiana Legislature has been busy the past two months. Legislators and others have been trying to figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.
Now, seven days, and counting.
For many reasons, perhaps, Wednesday could be considered one of the most important days of the 2015 Louisiana legislative session, at least, to date.
“Make our day”?
Are we hearing the Louisiana legislators mumble these words?
Maybe not now, but, I believe they can and they will.
While the Louisiana Legislature, with only 11 days left to go, tries to grind out a budget compromise, Governor Bobby Jindal is in New Hampshire today. He is doing what he does best: The governor is using the state police as his own travel entourage (paid for at the public’s expense) campaigning for a position for which he hardly registers a heart-beat in most GOP polls.
If the Louisiana Legislature insists on playing a con game on taxes, then at least Gov. Bobby Jindal can play a shell game on them to produce a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016, which altogether does not abuse people’s property and liberty.