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noewJanuary is normally the time for major business organization announcements.  Today's business bits presents Idea Village, Entrepreneur Week, one of the major business events in the country.  Also, the Baton Rouge Chamber announced a "BRAC Micro-Enterprise Credential", a Delta Regional Authority technical assistance workshop and a Jeffferson Parish Chamber-JEDCO speaker's program

jim jeff budgetAny time you discuss taxes, you can bet the discussion will turn emotional.

It did Tuesday night, hours after Jon Bel Edwards announced his plan to raise taxes, utilize funds from various sources and cut government spending—all to plug a short-term hole of roughly $750 million dollars for the existing year and $1.9 million for the following year, which fiscal period begins July 1, 2016.

jeff kennedyThe problem is not revenues, it’s spending.

That is the message from John Kennedy, Louisiana Treasurer, as he appeared today on Jeff Crouere’s WGSO 990 Ringside Politics program to discuss the Louisiana budget crises and the yesterday’s proposal by Governor Jon Bel Edwards.   Edwards has been in office for one week and the budget crises reveals that roughly $750 is short for the fiscal year of 2016 and $1.9M short for fiscal year 2017.  

edwards pressThe mystery how to attempt to stop a major budget bleed problem is now before the public as Governor Jon Bel Edwards and his staff addressed the media in the first major press conference of the new administration.

Here is a press release from the Governor's office. 

boycott oscar 1The obnoxious liberals who control Hollywood are now on the receiving end of a storm of criticism. It seems that for the past two years, there have been no African Americans receiving Academy Award nominations for the top acting categories. 

bobby coalCoal in the stocking?

Outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to have left a stocking full of coal for new Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

edwards play money 1Just as inevitably the first couple of transition team reports for Gov. John Bel Edwards looked to lead the coming bunch in sensibility, when it showed up the one concerning fiscal matters kept its promise as the least serious of all to come.

waguespack compressedby Stephen Waaguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

There is a subtle, yet significant, distinction between being “at” the table or being “on” it. If you don’t believe it, ask the Thanksgiving turkey how much he enjoys his seat at the table every year.

trump crowdDonald Trump has run a masterful campaign.  No matter what he has said, no matter who he has insulted, his legions of supporters have continued to support him.

party power 1The smell of political party strong-arming fascisms and hypocrisies ranks, again. 

On Monday, Neil Abramson, a Democratic Representative from New Orleans opted to vote for himself and then for a Republican Taylor Barras against Walt Leger, also a New Orleans democrat.  The vote was for the House Speaker seat and the election has turned into a major controversy starting the beginning of Governor Jon Bel Edwards’s term, who is now the only Democratic governor in the Deep Red South.  Leger was Edwards’s guy.

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Garvey succeeds Roemer, Abramson explains and—the Edwards Finance Committee Transition report is out.

jindal cavutoby Tom Aswell, Publisher of the Louisiana Voice


Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t even issued the call yet for a special legislative session to deal with the state’s budgetary woes and already state lawmakers appear to have the collective attention span of a gypsy moth.

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