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kate diDo you mind spending $10.00 for a magazine?

That’s with tax, but still– ten smackeroos?

edwardsLouisiana 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.

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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.

louisiana legislatureAccording 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.

tree manParaphrasing 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.

 

dhhLouisiana 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:

kennedy johnWhen 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.

wafbI’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. 

canyon capitol 2"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.

nanny nationFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now threatening to enter the presidential race and spend $1 billion of his vast fortune. Bloomberg spent 12 years as Mayor and obviously misses the media limelight.

edwards gentilly Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards, in a short media "gaggle" held after an Gentilly neighborhood event talked with the media about the horrific Louisiana budget situation, his sales tax proposal, his knowledge of the budget severity, possible cuts to the Universities, David Vitter's absence from a Washington DC  Congressional delegation meeting and other subjects.

kennedy officeToday, Republican Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has put the question to bed, not that there was much doub.  He is a candidate to replace U.S. Senator David Vitter.  

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