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trump engineAt a speech in Salt Lake City yesterday, 2012 Republican Party presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney laid out his reasons why Donald Trump should never receive the Republican endorsement. According to Romney, Trump is a “phony” and a “fraud,” who would lose to Hillary Clinton in the fall election. 

hb122The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee has temporarily solved the current fiscal budget crises by approving an amendment to HB 122, that sends the appropriations bill forward.

 

trump foxToday, former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the Donald Trump candidacy by giving remarks on the state of the 2016 presidential at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at University of Utah.

romney trumpToday, Mitt Romney, in an extraordinary event, spoke to the nation about his concerns about Donald Trump becoming President of the United States.  As a result, twitter (as well as other social media) has exploded with responses, in reaction. Romney defied conventional politics (and perhaps conventional wisdom) by attacking Trump this late in the campaign and by breaking the 11th commandment spoken by Ronald Reagan, not to attack another member of the party.  

 trump2On Wednesday, Donald Trump presented his healthcare reform plan which his campaign claims will make America Great again.

Included in the plan are repealing Obamacare, allowing individuals to buy policies across state lines, block grants, healthcare savings accounts.  

brokeThe attempt to normalize Louisiana’s higher rate of spending into permanency and taxation to support it continued with Senate action in the Legislature’s special session, begging for a counter-reaction to stop this unsavory development.

 

young mother testifiesWhile some legislators tearing up today hearing the tough tales from Louisiana voters who appear to be on the losing side of the budget, the state of urgency in the State of Louisiana, is not there yet, or so it seems.

Today, the public in a Senate hearing are voicing their frustrations and concerns about anticipated cuts.

bgrSince Louisiana needs to live within its means, a good-goverment organization, the Bureau of Government Research,, (BGR) has issued a report on the fiscal impact of Non-profit exemptions. 

horrorJust how bleak is the Louisiana revenues and expenditure situation for the balance of this fiscal year moving onto FY 17 starting July 1, 2017?

Parks and museums will close.  Prisons will shutter.  Over 11 thousand prisoners will be released.  Inspectors to ensure our waters, air and soils are clean and not contaminated will be terminated. The Hospitals under privatization created under Governor Bobby Jindal will be terminated.  And, of course, there is so much more. 

dardenneTaxes, another special session, cuts, no hokus pokus, TOPS, two billion dollar deficit--all of these were topics of discussion as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards's Commissioner of Division of Administration, Jay Dardenne, was a guest on Jeff Crouere's Ringside politics program today. 

To say the pressure the Louisiana legislators is not on is a total understatement.  Louisiana must deal with the budget shortfall, not only of roughly $1 billion for the present year, but over $2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year--within the next week, or else, another special session will be needed to be called.

john wayneAfter the release of a controversial video featuring St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Captain Clay Higgins targeting members of a local street gang it was only a matter of time before he lost his high profile position. 

edwards capitolBy Lou Gehrig Burnett

A penny for your thoughts?

    There are plenty of thoughts likely taking place about a penny among Louisiana voters as a result of the Louisiana House of Representatives approving an additional one cent to the state’s current four-cent sales tax.

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