For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
In his 1996 State of the Union Address, President Bill Clinton declared that the era of big government was over.
Scandals in Washington, DC are nothing new. Sex scandals or simply scandals of incompetence can be expected, and the American people usually look the other way when the scandal erupts.
No more tolls. The voters spoke loud and clear this past weekend when they trashed the tolls on the Crescent City Connection. With 78% of the vote, voters said they were tired of tolls, perceived misspending by the bridge, and broken promises. So while the tolls are gone, new issues have become front and center.
The explosion of two bombs yesterday at the Boston Marathon points out once again that we live in a dangerous world. The attack was not committed with guns or AK47’s or high capacity magazines. The attack was committed with explosive devices that injured, maimed, or killed countless innocent people. Those near the explosions who survived now have their lives changed forever.
Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) has come out with its latest survey on Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La) and Senator Mary Landrieu. The survey shows Gov. Jindal with an approval rating of 38% while U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La) has an approval rating of 56% with just 12% giving her an excellent rating.
Louisiana has a history with tax reform. Back in the late eighties a movement was underway in Louisiana for fiscal reform.
With the presidential election over, political junkies now turn their eyes toward the next big race.
For years we have heard conservative members of Congress say that the federal government has a spending problem. Now liberals in Congress are saying we have a revenue problem. Two different takes on the economic mess our country is in and two different positions that will be difficult to resolve. As a result America continues to sink further into debt and calls continue for additional higher taxes.
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There has much debate, especially in conservative circles, about a national sales tax or a value added tax as a way to raise significant revenue for the federal government while reducing its reliance on personal and corporate income taxes, if not eliminating them altogether.