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.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Last week was a noteworthy week.
For likely the first time in our state’s history, the Governor delivered a state of the state address to the people of Louisiana to discuss the government’s budget shortfall. Immediately thereafter, the state treasurer responded to those comments and offered different ideas on how best to address this challenge. It was a pretty rare moment to have that scene play out in living rooms across the state, but all the while, all I could think about was the speech not being given that night.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett--publisher of Fax-Net
A punch to the gut
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.