appropriations morrisBy now, it might appear that almost all Louisiana voters, are acquainted with the fact that Louisiana has a deep budget problem and that the new Governor, Jon Bel Edwards, who ran on a platform of not raising any taxes, has changed course. 

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emptyWhile the Louisiana legislature probes through different ways to close a budget gap of almost three billion dollars, there are questions whether the state is simply giving away money, or worse, perhaps acting through negligence, malfeasance or in some cases, simply paying out more than is collected. 

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kennedy appropriationsTreasurer Kennedy slaps Jindal, Jon Bel Edwards on state contract bill

Treasurer John Kennedy was in rare campaigning form today as he testified on House Bill 96 which would reduce certain state contracts by 15 %.  In doing so, he took special shots at former Governor Bobby Jindal and current governor Jon Bel Edwards for not focusing upon state contracts as a well to cut the state budget deficit.

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louisiana legislatureThe Louisiana legislative fiscal office has issued the fiscal analysis of the penny sales tax.

The tax, if approved would increase from four percent to five percent.

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lsuAlong with the state’s healthcare system, Louisiana’s higher education has taken quite a wallop over the course of the eight years under former governor Bobby Jindal and the then-legislature.

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dardenne adRepublican Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards's Commissioner of Administration tells the legislature, “we don’t have money to finish the year”. Republican Tony Bacala wants other parts of state government shut down but save higher education.

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JINDAL NORQUISTBefore the new Democratic governor could even spend his first full month in the Governor’s mansion, Jon Bel Edwards, as expected, came under fire.   He must have known it would happen.  Everybody else did, it would seem.  After all, he is the only statewide democratic elected official in a land surrounded by a hostile sea of red lawmakers.

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senateIn a Spring 2016 poll just released by Southern Media and Opinion Research, Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards, who has been in office for little more than one month is already facing the challenge of his political life and it is not just the horrible budget he inherited from Repblican Governor Bobby Jindal. 

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ed chervenak2With the State of Louisiana in the bowels of what the legislative chief economist has dubbed a recession, sporting a severe budget problem for this current fiscal year and for the one starting July 1, 2016, questions have been raised about the credibility of the Governor Jon Bell Edwards and the veracities of those criticizing him.  Among his critics are Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy and the Republican legislative delegation.

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john kennedyA new survey under the banner of the University of New Orleans Political Science Department focusing upon the favorability of Governor Jon Bel Edwards, the direction the state is headed and the favorabilities of the seven potential US Senate candidates show little surprises.

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