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."
The horses are now in place for what might be a legendary budget showdown at the not-so-ok Louisiana capitol corral in Baton Rouge.
A new governor, Jon Bel Edwards, has inherited a nightmare of horror, a budgetary hole left by his predecessor, former Presidential hopeful and absentee landlord leader, republican Bobby Jindal, who is now living high on the hog at his own private mansion paid for the taxpayers. Yet, Jindal’s boys and loyalists-- some who wear their hands dirty after sucking dry our well full of billion dollars, are now getting armed for the big fight. And, it’s a’comin.
Do you mind spending $10.00 for a magazine?
That’s with tax, but still– ten smackeroos?
Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards indicated today that the state needs the sales tax increase of one penny, however, he also indicated that he wanted to work together with the legislature to meet middle ground and that it was one of a menu of items for the legislature to consider.
The Advocate is reporting that “Nucor Corp. has written off $84.1 million worth of engineering and equipment for a proposed $1 billion blast furnace in St. James Parish, but the company may still build one.
According to Greg Hilburn, reporter for Gannett, the new House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia will be announcing his chair positions today and those announcement just might stoke some political fires.
Paraphrasing but updating former Louisiana Senator Russell Long’s famous saying about how to raise revenue, “We’re going tax you, we’re going tax me, we’ll even tax that guy behind the tree.” With only a few days in office, Louisiana’s new Governor John Bel Edwards wasted no time in echoing Chicken Little’s admonition that the sky is falling when it comes to having enough revenue for the Bayou State to pay its bills.
Louisiana Secretary of Department of Health and Hospitals Rebecca Gee, has presented a plan to the Division of Administration that provides for various options depending upon the amount of revenues availale as the new administration led by Governor Jon Bel Edwards, readies for a major budget special session given a severe $2.6 billion dollar shortfall after taking over from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Here isa press release from Secretary Gee:
When John Kennedy, the Treasurer of Louisiana talks budget, voters listen. They liked when he took on Governor Jindal's use of funny money over the past eight years in cobbling together a budget.
The conservatives in Louisiana will like his "no tax" stance, despite a humongous $2.6 billion dollar budget, as projected by the new Governor of Louisiana, Jon Bel Edwards.
However, Kennedy is no longer the candidate for Treasury or the Secretary of the Treasury, but, is also runing for US Senate for a seat becoming vacant this fall.
On Tuesday morning, the folksy Republican US Senate candidate, John N. Kennedy took to the phones for interviews around the state after anouncing his long-awaited candidacy for the top federal office.
I’d be lying if I told you that it’s not frustrating to read or hear intelligent people call others “liars”, when those others, in fact, are not lying at all.
I also promise my best never to call someone a liar—unless I have real uncontroverted facts to support my claim.
"He lied; He broke his promise; Just like a democrat, tax and more taxes; Typical Democratic scare tactics to raise taxes…"
These words have been the siren cries from those (many of them Vitter supporters), who now appear to be in apoplectic gleeful that Louisiana governor Jon Bel Edwards and his newly-found soul mate, Republican Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, are talking the “T” word, taxes and not the “C” word, cuts.