Louisiana legislative videos 2016 Playlist

 

....while Louisiana’s debt is downgraded, and all of our public universities teeter on bankruptcy, this is what we...

Posted by Brian Salvatore on Sunday, February 28, 2016

edwards forby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

Though the conversation depicted in this cartoon likely didn’t go down exactly this way, it is, nonetheless, typical of the mindset of not only Republicans, but Democrats as well. The merits of a given piece of legislation are immaterial; if it’s being proposed by the opposition party, we’re against it.

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redistrictingIt’s getting close to redistricting time for legislators, both in Louisiana and throughout the country. By federal law, all election districts must be reapportioned every 10 years to reflect the latest census figures. But should legislators, who have a vested interest in how the redistricting lines are drawn, actually be the ones to do the drawing, anyway?

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edwards capitolby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Edwards, leaders in D.C.

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bel edwardsToday, Lousiana House GOP members of the Joint Budget Committee stopped the State’s Medicaid contracts with a vote of 17 against, 7 for.

Shortly after, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on today’s Joint Budget Committee vote:

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CRIME SCENEIn the last legislative session, Governor John Bel Edwards was successful in passing a package of laws that completely overhauled the state’s criminal justice system. The main reason for the legislative package was to reduce the state’s incarceration rate, which is the highest in the world.

As a result, starting on November 1, 1,900 “non-violent offenders,” became eligible for release from prison after serving at least 35% of their sentence. Before the release, Sheriffs and District Attorneys across the state expressed concern that violent criminals would be unleashed upon the innocent citizens of Louisiana. Not surprisingly, days after the state started releasing these “non-violent offenders,” an armed robbery was committed in Kenner by Tyrone “Smokey” White, one of the criminals set free.

Published in State of Louisiana
Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:05
Will business in Louisiana go to pot?

color green 2With Louisiana, once again, getting ready to fall off of the fiscal cliff, would it be better for the state to go to pot?

At some point prior to mid-June 2018, Louisiana legislature will be forced to either engage in major budget cuts amounting to roughly $1B, raise revenues, a combination of both or, extend a penny sales tax since the size of government has exceeded the revenues to pay for it.

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Is Louisiana looking at another special session in 2018 to deal with—what seems to be the never-ending budget shortfall?  What is Governor John Bel Edwards doing to fix what appears to be an annual rite of spring—budgetary emergency management? And, just how bad is the budget bleeding going to be given that the state could fall off that proverbial fiscal cliff which near-fall was softened two years ago with a penny sales tax increase and other measures?

In part three of the November 2 interview with Stephen Waguespack, the President, and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the leader of the largest business organization in the state discussed these and other issues confronting the state, once again.

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edwards himEdwards calls GOP ‘obstructionists’

    Gov. John Bel Edwards did not mince words over the actions of some GOP House members who are members of the Joint Budget Committee.
    The Committee last week blocked lucrative contract extensions sought by Edwards for the managed-care companies that coordinate services for 1.5 million Medicaid patients in Louisiana.

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Have Louisiana’s storms of budget slashes and revenue bloats come to an end?  Months ago, the Governor John Bel Edwards administration announced that the state’s revenues have increased, thus, the fiscal year ended with a, get this, a surplus of over one hundred million dollars.

Published in State of Louisiana
Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:38
Louisiana shooting for mandatory gun insurance?

gun insuranceSo have you purchased your gun insurance yet?  In case you shoot someone, there are insurance policies available to cover any liabilities you might face, pay for your bail if you are accused of a crime, cover your attorney fees, and even pay for any psychological therapy you might need.  So if you are going to fire away, nice to know that you are financially covered, right?

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