Friday, 27 March 2015 14:27

Louisiana social: Moret own voice, Jindal defends, Chris Rose, Harry Reid going

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capitol-red-blueFriday morning news and social media--Harry Reid, federal budget, Steve Moret, Louisiana film tax credits, Jindal responds, Chris Rose and more..




Friday morning news and social media.

From across the nation.


Across America are declaring today a national holiday..Harry Reid to quit after this term is over.

A budget, but will it be law?  A federal budget?

Jindal defends record in New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Gov. Jindal’s Implosion,” by Charles M. Blow (column, March 23), and “Governors Can Run but They Can’t Hide” (editorial, March 1):

Mr. Blow’s column and your editorial critical of my record as governor provide good examples of how liberals at The New York Times and I have a different opinion on how to measure successful governance and what it looks like in practice.

When I campaigned for governor seven years ago, I promised to make the government smaller and the economy larger. That’s exactly what I have done. We cut taxes and reduced the size of government. In fact, the government is smaller by more than $9 billion and 30,000 workers. This fiscal responsibility resulted in eight straight upgrades by the major credit agencies.

And what did lower taxes do for our economy? They spurred growth. Louisiana now has higher incomes, a larger gross domestic product, more exports, more jobs and more people than we’ve ever had in the history of our state. That’s a record of which I am proud. I measure success not in the prosperity of government, but in the prosperity of citizens.



Baton Rouge, La.

Why Moret was “direct” about the film tax credits

Stephen Moret is leaving his job as Louisiana’s chief economic development officer to lead the LSU Foundation, so presumably he can be more candid in his views on state tax policy, even when it doesn’t square with the priorities of his current boss, Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Maybe that’s why Moret was fairly direct this month in telling state lawmakers that Louisiana’s generous tax credits for the film industry could use some reforms.

Moret, outgoing secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, was at a hearing on LED’s budget when the subject turned to the film credits program, which now costs the state much more than it generates in economic activity. It’s a ludicrous extravagance at a time that state government is facing a $1.6 billion deficit. But Jindal’s proposed budget doesn’t recommend any changes to the film credits, which have become a poster child for corporate welfare.

Louisiana Dept. of Labor hires Herbert Dixon

A former state representative from Alexandria will work for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

Herbert Dixon will be the outreach director for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state's labor department.

Dixon, a Democrat, resigned from the Legislature in December after seven years in office, citing health reasons. He had previously served as chairman of the House labor committee. Before that, he was a Rapides Parish School Board member.

Freshman Senator (Cassidy): Pay for Obamacare Replacement With … Obamacare

Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates.

And he even says he has a way to pay for it: Obamacare.

At an event attended Monday by fellow GOP freshmen to mark the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Cassidy took an unusual tack for a Republican by bemoaning the fact that 30 million people remain uninsured, despite the ACA.

The irredeemable Chris Rose

CHRIS ROSE’S PULITZER CRYSTAL SITS in his small French Quarter apartment, its glass badly chipped from various accidents. The disfigured accolade for his work on a reporting team at the Times-Picayune is a reminder of both prowess and loss.

(Not news, but a good and an important read)



@NOLAnews: How should schools handle students who boycott Common Core test?" send their parents to detention



Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge), current Ed Chair, announces he plans to seek the Speakership next session



Yesterday I voted for the Medicare reform bill to offer stability to physicians.…



Excited to announce that the Senate passed my legislation honoring @TeamGleason as part of the budget. #NoWhiteFlags



Why @JayDardenne for Governor of LA? He helped pass term limits for #lalege + DNA tests for criminals+film tax credits.Vote Oct 24

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