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mann2One of the most outspoken advocates for progressive causes in Louisiana, over the past few years, has been Robert “Bob” Mann.  Mann is a Professor from LSU, former communications director for Governor Kathleen Blanco, former press secretary for Democrat US Senator John Breaux and now in addition to his professorial duties, is a blogger and columnist for the Times Picayune.

waguespackWe hear a lot about billions of dollars in tax exemptions, credits and deductions, the Louisiana budget and of course, revenues.

wag pic 2One of the groups that has taken a real hit these past two legislative sessions (last spring and a fiscal special session that ended last week) is the business industry.  Stephen Waguespack, former top official for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, has been the leader of that industry’s primary organization, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and has spoken out strongly concerning the increase in revenues the state has generated in taxes affecting businesses during those two sessions instead of cutting unnecessary governmental services.

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Louisiana and parts of the South have been inundated with rain, floods and damage this past week.  

Governor John Bel Edwards, has traveled to Shreveport and visited areas in North Louisiana to survey the response. Joining him has been Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, visiting some of the damaged areas.

Friday, 11 March 2016 20:08

Just say farewell, First Lady, Nancy Reagan

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ron nancy reagan 6Today, former First Lady Nancy Reagan is laid to rest right next to her husband at his gorgeous library in Simi Valley, California. Mrs. Reagan led an incredible life as a successful move star, mother, First Lady and loving wife. 

unnamedReport from the John Kennedy's Department of the Treasury concerrning revenues and receipts

moller1End one legislative session here in Louisiana and enter another one, only days later.  With the state in a budgetary and some say, an economic recession, hopping from one emotional and hotly-contested session to another--just might be the new normal. 

And, one of the individuals at the center of a tug-of-war between necessary revenues, cuts and governmental services, is Jan Moller, the Director of the Louisiana Budget Project.  For the past five years, Moller, has been promoting policies that help the lower-income sector of our state.  Before this assignment, he wrote politics and government for the Times Picayune.

edwards vicMore good news than bad came out of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature. It didn’t advance much the cause of right-sizing state government but neither did it set up the possibility for defeat, either – an evaluation validated in reverse barometer fashion by the state’s foremost advocate of big government.

Akennedy officeccording to a poll promoted by Treasurer John Kennedy's SuperPac "Make Louisiana Proud", the candidate for US Senate remains in the lead for that position and will be in the runoff and defeat that runoff opponent.  Kennedy is a republican and according to the survey, leads his next closest republican competitors, Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming.  Rob Maness, also a Republican who ran for US Senate in 2014, trails as does former Congressman Joseph Cao.

edwards presser mar9Newly elected Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards. was not a happy camper when he faced the media Wednesday evening after a brutal three-week special session that ended with a roller-coaster of emotions, in the legislature crafting a compromise as the state enters into a regular legislative session.

louisiana legislatureThe Louisiana House Republican leadership states in a statement that it helped formulated a plan to solve the current year budget while a Koch-based conservative organization expressed its anger at members who voted for taxes.  However, at this point, the State still has a budget deficit for next year of roughly $800 million.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 21:58

Death of a Louisiana legislative session

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salesman“The only thing you've got in this world is what you can sell.” 

― Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman


Like the Arthur Miller’s famous salesman, Willie Loman, the legislature appears to be committing suicide and most likely, very few will be attending the funeral.
In the play, Loman suffered from a loss of identity and the inability to understand and ultimately to accept change within his environment, society and himself.
With less than 120 minutes left to go in a special session to deal with a mega-crises that could shutter universities, hurt businesses, destroy healthcare as we want to know it, harm the state’s credit rating, the Louisiana House and Senate are shut down, with panic and uncertainty in the air.

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