Isn’t it time to stop playing those political games? Louisiana is on the brink of another man-made disaster, this time, the budget hole, being strengthened by a devastating low-pressure system sucking down, into the dark cavity, our education and healthcare institutions.
On the day that Jon Bel Edwards criticized Jindal-based "dishonest" budgeting, the governor appears to be reforming another core Jindal-attrribute of his administration, this one, being a Jindal-advocated Common Core lawsuit.
Over the past two years, when Jindal was actively promoting to national audiences that Louisiana has been balancing its budget, this year once again has proven, his balanced budgets are surreal events. Louisiana current budget is roughly 750 under-balanced.
The biggest loser in the recent Iowa presidential caucuses was not Donald Trump or any of the other candidates who did not meet expectations in garnering voters. No, the title for the real loser was, hands down, the state of Louisiana. Because of both selfishness and a lack of any creative thinking, state officials in the Bayou State passed on the chance of receiving worldwide publicity and having hundreds of millions of dollars poured into the state’s economy. Simply put, Louisiana blew the chance of being the first presidential primary state and reaping all the benefits.
Newly inaugurated Jon Bel Edwards is attempting to live up to his pro-life views as he for the second time, sided with anti-abortion forces.
Still in its first month of its administration, today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the following additional cabinet reappointments for his administration:
The results from Iowa were certainly interesting. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders virtually tied, giving both campaigns some momentum going into New Hampshire. Whereas, the laughable, struggling Martin O'Malley finally decided to end his ridiculous campaign after getting less than 1% of the vote in Iowa.
JEFFERSON CHAMBER: HECHT AND WAGUESPACK
On Wednesday Feb. 3, The Jefferson Chamber will host a breakfast to discuss Louisiana’s economic development and the challenges and opportunities for the business community in the 2016 state legislative session. Peter Ricchiuti, Tulane University business professor and host of NPR’s Out to Lunch, will moderate the discussion featuring LABI president Stephen Waguespack and GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht.
How Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards continues to fumble through the early days of his term found its expression in sports this weekend when the Louisiana State University Tigers men’s basketball team after one time holding a big lead came up short against the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice.com
It was bad enough Friday when Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that career politician and former national chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council Noble Ellington as his legislative director.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Shreveport state Rep. Thomas Carmody has been appointed chairman of the House Commerce Committee by Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia.
by Stephen Waguespack, Publisher of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), a well-respected good government group, declared in a 1988 report that, “Louisiana’s pattern of increased spending in boom times has resulted in an overall level of operating expenditures the state cannot support, even with frequent tax increases and budget cuts…State spending policies have remained essentially unchanged also – a plethora of programs and a large amount of state aid to local governments.”
Ever since December 2015, when the Jon Bel Edwards transition team first reported it had a serious budget hole in both the current and the next fiscal years, the drums began to beat to a crescendo-- blaming the incoming governor.
Despite the political influence of the gun industry in Louisiana, with almost any legislator or Louisiana politician wanting public office, the gun industry's impact and the state's dependency is relatively insignificant compared to some other states.
by Dr. Ed Chervenak, Political Science Professor, University of New Orleans
I have been following JBE’s first days in office. What we are seeing is the distinction of the politics of getting into office and the politics of governing. Once a candidate gains power, they are transformed. Where Edwards was the challenger and critic, he is now the head of the state government, and is responsible for its conduct.
He’s not alone.
On Wednesday, the President of the Monumental Task Committee, Pierre McGraw, filed a lawsuit in state court to stop the City of New Orleans from removing the Lee, Beauregard and Davis monuments.
McGraw cites a "constitutional right of the people to preserve their culture and history."