by Ron Chapman
In Natchez this past weekend the local news announced a major economic expansion for Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant announced that Continental AG Corporation had determined to open a new tire plant west of Jackson, Mississippi. The company would invest $1.4 BILLION in a facility that would employ 2,500 workers with high paying jobs.
Has Louisiana governor Jon Bel Edwards deceived the voters over raising taxes or is the Louisiana Republican Party deceiving the voters in a video it has created and disseminated today?
The LAGOP released the video on the first day of the legislative session, as part of a process to destroy the character of the governor by constantly questioning his truth-telling.
My new motto for Louisiana: Kill LSU, Save the Tigers.
This is how i feel right now after two days of hysteria by meaningful people who love this state and who believe they have solutions that will work to make Louisiana better.
John Kennedy, Treasurer has sent the email below from his US Senate campaign to remind voters he was the chosen republican to respond to Jon Bel Edwards's TV budget talk, Thursday night
The shoe continues to crop as the Louisiana Commissioner for Higher Education has released an email that underscores the seriousness and severity of the disruptions that are expected to occur due to a major budget crises hitting higher education:
The Super Bowl last Sunday once again drew a massive television audience, although slightly lower than record set for last year’s game. For many non-football fans, the highlight of the telecast is the halftime show. After the controversy of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004, the NFL started booking legendary rock performers like Paul McCartney to perform at halftime.
Readers who labor under the Pelican state flag learned Thursday night that our new governor doesn’t play fair! Gov. John Bel Edwards marked his 30th day in office with a televised warning to all residents that if their elected legislators don’t solve the state’s budget deficit, there won’t be football next fall! He declared that unless a solution is found, student-athletes in all sports could find themselves ineligible immediately and looking for a place to play. Wow! Talk about a crisis! People slough off threats of higher taxes or cutting services, but no football?
Governor Jon Bel Edwards as provided more details about the TOPS program which is at risk for the State of Louisiana due to the impending budget crises.
Viewers of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ televised speech to the public prior to the start of the Louisiana Legislature’s 2016 First Extraordinary Session should not let the transparency of his tax-and-spend agenda and the insufferableness of the way he pursues it distract them from what needs to doing to resolve the state’s current and future budget difficulties.
It might be an understatement, to declare that the Louisiana universities are in panic mode. According to recent government figures, the state is roughly $950 million in the hole for the balance of this fiscal year and $2 billion in deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016. Historically, because the way the legislature has devised the budgetary system, higher education and healthcare needs are the victims when cuts occur.
Tonight Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued a State of the State address due to the impending $3 billion dollar budget shortfall and upcoming legislative session.
Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery
Plenty is riding on what occurs tonight as new Louisiana governor Jon Bel Edwards gives his state of the budget address at 6:30 pm followed by a Republican Party response by John Kennedy, Louisiana treasurer and US Senate candidate.
The polls and advocacies groups are trying to make themselvs heard here in Louisiana with the state legislature going into special session for the next three weeks to discuss fixing a budget that is at least $850M out of whack this year and $2B short for the fiscal year, 2016-17, starting July 1, 2016.
Here is a statement by the conservative Koch-brothers organization, Americans for Prosperity-Louisiana.
US Senate candidate, and treasurer, John Kennedy has sent out an email stating he will be giving the republican response to Jon Bel Edwards speech about the budget.
We have are living a budgetary nightmare here in Louisiana as the Chief Economist for the Louisiana legislature essentially describing the state in a "recession"
On Sunday, a special session to fix, or try to fix a roughly $900 million dollar hole and a $2 billion dollar ditch will commence.
Looks like Washington DC style politics, as every hour passes.
Today, Louisiana receive more bad news from economists during the Revenue Estimating Conference that the revenue well is more dry than expected and the state is in a $850 to $900 billion deficit for the current year with a $2B deficit for next year, starting July 1.