BGR Speaks on Tax Fairness
Today the Bureau of Governmental Research releases the presentation it made before the New Orleans Tax Fairness Commission. It examines the City's tax picture, with particular emphasis on property taxes.
Read the presentation here.
Landrieu and BP
– United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., again Tuesday night demanded BP help Louisiana restore vital oyster habitats in the Gulf Coast that were damaged from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In November 2010, the State of Louisiana requested $15 million from BP to immediately begin rehabilitating oyster beds. BP has yet to respond to the state’s request.
Sen. Landrieu, along with members of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, wrote to BP in support of the state’s request and called for BP to respond by Feb. 22, 2011. To mitigate future damage to this industry, it is essential that habitat restoration measures are in place before this spring’s critical spawning season.
In the Feb. 8 letter, the delegation wrote: “In hopes of mitigating future damages and facilitating the robust recovery of this vital industry, we strongly encourage you to reconsider this $15 million investment opportunity. Timing will be critical. Unfortunately, due to the direct and indirect impacts of the oil spill, oyster production … continues to trail historic averages.”
“It is critical that BP help restore and rebuild these oyster habitats that were damaged from the oil spill. Oysters are more than just a delicacy; they are part of Louisiana’s vibrant culture and a way of life,” said Mike Voisin, CEO of Motivatit Seafoods in Houma, La., one of America’s largest oyster processors. “BP should make this small down payment, and we appreciate Sen. Landrieu’s leadership to make this happen.”
To read the letter, please visit http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/mediacenter/upload/02092011oysters.pdf.
Louisiana Legislative guide
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) is now accepting orders for its Guide to the 2011 Louisiana Legislature. The updated Guide is a useful, pocket-sized booklet filled with key information about Louisiana’s legislators, state elected officials and agencies.
“PAR is pleased to continue to offer this valuable and practical tool for all who follow state government," said PAR President Robert Travis Scott. "Our new legislative Guide will be available in time for the regular legislative session, which opens April 25th."
The 2011 edition includes biographical information and photographs of Louisiana’s legislators, statewide elected officials and congressional delegation. It includes current contact information for the state’s elected officials as well as their committee assignments. The Guide also features information on legislators’ term limits.
The Guide is printed on an annual basis with updated information published on PAR’s Web site (www.la-par.org) throughout the year. Underwriting support is provided by CLECO.
PAR members will receive a free copy of the Guide to the 2011 Louisiana Legislature. Others may order copies for $10 each plus tax and shipping. Substantial price breaks are available for large orders.
Orders can be placed by mailing a completed order form to PAR at P.O. Box 14776, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-4776. Forms can also be faxed to (225) 926-8417, or requests can be sent by e-mail to [email protected]. For additional information, visit PAR's Web site at www.la-par.org.
GOP throwing overboard?
Republican-proposal to ‘right our fiscal ship’ throws more workers overboard
In a new analysis, Federal Budget Policy Analyst Rebecca Thiess explains that the House Appropriations Committee’s list of proposed funding cuts for Fiscal Year 2011 would likely lead to the loss of 700,000 jobs.
From National Republican Senatorial committee:
On Monday President Barack Obama will introduce his 2012 budget. Just like his past budgets this one promises to be full of wasteful spending unlike anything America’s ever seen. And as you know, the simple reality is that we can’t afford more debt.
But you can count on Barack Obama to do his best to convince you we need all his spending. So we thought it would be helpful to translate some of the President’s spending code-talk.
- Translation: More “stimulus.”
(Translation of “stimulus”: The President’s failed $800 billion dollar government spending package.)
- Translation: Higher taxes to help pay for massive Government programs.
- Translation: 17,000 new IRS agents, thanks to Obamacare’s adding regulations on small business.
- “Win the Future”
- Translation: A $100 billion dollar payroll tax increase on employers. And this despite Democrats just having spent two years destroying jobs and battling the private sector. Does the Obama administration really think taxing employers for hiring workers will create more jobs? (They apparently do.)
Please help us spread the word about Obama’s reckless budget proposal. Visit http://www.nrsc.org/stopthedebt and send your Democratic Senator a message that it’s time to get serious about paying down our debt.
We are over $14 trillion dollars in debt and the Obama administration is proposing that we borrow 40 cents of every dollar that the government will spend this year. We simply can’t afford this spending. Please join us in calling on the President and Democratic Senators to get serious about cutting the debt.
SUNO and Donovan
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will serve as the commencement speaker at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Lakefront Arena. Secretary Donovan officially accepted the invitation on Friday.
Secretary Donovan last visited SUNO on March 5, 2009 along with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and several other local and state leaders.
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