rip sessionToday is being called D-Day or even the Drop Dead Day when referring to the Louisiana legislative special session being held in Baton Rouge.  Conventional wisdom is, if things don’t really jumpstart now, you can kiss the revenue raising session goodbye.

Roughly 11 days ago, Governor John Bel Edwards first gaveled in the fiscal session, to fix what was considered by many, a roughly 600 to 1 billion dollar hole in the budget for the year 2018, starting July 1. However, the session has literally gone nowhere.

capitol humpWill the Louisiana Legislature Humpty Dumpty be able to be put back again?

The Legislative session, which has been up and running now for the past ten days, or so, has fallen off of the wall.  Some might believe the fiscal session never got off the ground onto the wall, at all.

edwards last landrieu2For the second year in a row, Louisiana has ranked last in the U.S. News and World Report state ranking. It is a poor ranking that is very well deserved.

The study focused on 77 different areas in eight major categories, such as crime. Unfortunately, in this area, Louisiana does not compare very favorably. Our state is a very violent one with the highest incarceration rate in the nation. Last year, a criminal justice reform package was signed by Governor John Bel Edwards. The ostensible reason for the legislation was to reduce the incarceration rate. Thus, 1900 “non-violent” offenders were released in November of 2017. Not surprisingly in the span of a few weeks, 76 of these prisoners were arrested again. Their victims would not have been targeted if these criminals were kept in prison.

gurvichThe LaGOP has turned a new page. Long-time Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere has retired and the party is pleased to announce its newly elected Chairman, Louis Gurvich and other members of the executive committee.  Here is the press release:

knapp interviewLouisiana Business shorts for today: Warner Brothers, Louisiana Economic Development Summit; Jefferson Chamber Legislative Agenda breakfast with Stephen Waguespack, Michael Hecht of GNO Inc:

maness swamp smallWe know there is a swamp in Washington DC that President Trump promised to drain although some might argue that the only things that have changed are the critters that habituating it.  But, other than our Bayous, does the State Capitol in Baton Rouge own its own swamps too?

cops googleOn Thursday, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) released a poll of Louisiana conducted by a collaborative effort of pollsters Bernie Pinsonat and Greg Rigamer, voters have strong feelings about the government and the Internet, in light of the Net Neutrality and the now almost-ubiquitous use of that service in Louisiana and in America.

maness heroIs Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards ready to be a hero? Is he willing and ready to take the reins, be a leader, pull a “Nixon goes to China” and get the Louisiana budget on a secure and stable process?

These are the basic thrusts of the comments articulated by Rob Maness earlier this morning as he discussed with me, the Louisiana legislative session via Facebook and Twitter Live.

tidmore live febWhat’s going to happen with the popular tuition program for Louisiana university students, called TOPS?  Will any part of the penny sales tax that was passed as a temporary measure two years ago remain on the books? Back then, the legislature, facing a nearly one-billion dollar shortfall that needed to be made up in a matter of three months, arising from the Governor Bobby Jindal administration budget meltdown worsened by lower oil prices, opted for a single penny sales tax that will sunset later this year.  

labi cuts taxOn Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the legislature and the state in opening another special session to try to plug a fiscal hole.  

Today, Bayoubuzz launched its first segment of its daily, twice per day segment discussing the legislative session, "Bayoubuzz Live: Louisiana Legislature", streamed to Facebook and Twitter.  

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