by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
The devil is always in the details.
The state government deficit is big and the Legislature is in a special session called by the governor to review his plan for solving the problem. His plan is largely dependent on new taxes and the argument being made by his administration (with a few exceptions) is that spending cuts and large-scale structural budget reforms are either not feasible or require too much time to implement.
By now, it might appear that almost all Louisiana voters, are acquainted with the fact that Louisiana has a deep budget problem and that the new Governor, Jon Bel Edwards, who ran on a platform of not raising any taxes, has changed course.
While the Louisiana legislature probes through different ways to close a budget gap of almost three billion dollars, there are questions whether the state is simply giving away money, or worse, perhaps acting through negligence, malfeasance or in some cases, simply paying out more than is collected.
Treasurer Kennedy slaps Jindal, Jon Bel Edwards on state contract bill
Treasurer John Kennedy was in rare campaigning form today as he testified on House Bill 96 which would reduce certain state contracts by 15 %. In doing so, he took special shots at former Governor Bobby Jindal and current governor Jon Bel Edwards for not focusing upon state contracts as a well to cut the state budget deficit.
The Louisiana legislative fiscal office has issued the fiscal analysis of the penny sales tax.
The tax, if approved would increase from four percent to five percent.
Pope Francis is a man of great compassion and humility. He shows tremendous concern for the young, the elderly and the sick. He advocates for those who have been forgotten, such as the homeless. He has shunned the luxuries and trappings of his position and performs his duties in a much more modest style than his predecessors. These are admirable qualities and set a good example for all Catholics.
Along with the state’s healthcare system, Louisiana’s higher education has taken quite a wallop over the course of the eight years under former governor Bobby Jindal and the then-legislature.
Unquestionably, so far, the most controversial issue coming out of the Louisiana's extraordinary special session so far has been the fate of higher education and the state's brand new governor, Jon Bel Edwards' comment regarding university football possibly being shuttered next year due to major budget woes.
Treasurer John Kennedy is making a name for himself lately as he leads the US Senate race in recent polls. He is the only statewide elected official and has taken full advantage of a budget mess by hitting the radio and TV circuits promoting his position that Louisiana has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
Republican Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards's Commissioner of Administration tells the legislature, “we don’t have money to finish the year”. Republican Tony Bacala wants other parts of state government shut down but save higher education.
Before the new Democratic governor could even spend his first full month in the Governor’s mansion, Jon Bel Edwards, as expected, came under fire. He must have known it would happen. Everybody else did, it would seem. After all, he is the only statewide democratic elected official in a land surrounded by a hostile sea of red lawmakers.
In a Spring 2016 poll just released by Southern Media and Opinion Research, Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards, who has been in office for little more than one month is already facing the challenge of his political life and it is not just the horrible budget he inherited from Repblican Governor Bobby Jindal.
With the State of Louisiana in the bowels of what the legislative chief economist has dubbed a recession, sporting a severe budget problem for this current fiscal year and for the one starting July 1, 2016, questions have been raised about the credibility of the Governor Jon Bell Edwards and the veracities of those criticizing him. Among his critics are Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy and the Republican legislative delegation.
New Orleans is a city with a decimated police force, a high violent crime rate, horrific streets, and a chronic Black unemployment rate. It also a city with a Mayor who is more interested in removing Confederate monuments and fighting global warming than solving these critical issues.
A new survey under the banner of the University of New Orleans Political Science Department focusing upon the favorability of Governor Jon Bel Edwards, the direction the state is headed and the favorabilities of the seven potential US Senate candidates show little surprises.
See what’s cooking at the Louisiana political-comedy gumbo Thursday February 18, 2016 as Politics with a Punch 2016 starts cooking.
Joining a motherlode of political activists, a former Congressman and observers is a pinch of a chef-personality, a local newswoman and movie-actor, for flavor.