Just how bleak is the Louisiana revenues and expenditure situation for the balance of this fiscal year moving onto FY 17 starting July 1, 2017?
Parks and museums will close. Prisons will shutter. Over 11 thousand prisoners will be released. Inspectors to ensure our waters, air and soils are clean and not contaminated will be terminated. The Hospitals under privatization created under Governor Bobby Jindal will be terminated. And, of course, there is so much more.
Taxes, another special session, cuts, no hokus pokus, TOPS, two billion dollar deficit--all of these were topics of discussion as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards's Commissioner of Division of Administration, Jay Dardenne, was a guest on Jeff Crouere's Ringside politics program today.
To say the pressure the Louisiana legislators is not on is a total understatement. Louisiana must deal with the budget shortfall, not only of roughly $1 billion for the present year, but over $2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year--within the next week, or else, another special session will be needed to be called.
After the release of a controversial video featuring St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Captain Clay Higgins targeting members of a local street gang it was only a matter of time before he lost his high profile position.
By Lou Gehrig Burnett
A penny for your thoughts?
There are plenty of thoughts likely taking place about a penny among Louisiana voters as a result of the Louisiana House of Representatives approving an additional one cent to the state’s current four-cent sales tax.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
This Saturday, March 5, voters in the Bayou State will go to the polls to vote in what has been a raucous political circus, better known as the presidential preference primaries.
Four other states – Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, and Nebraska – will also have political caucuses or elections on this same day, so it will be interesting to see how much attention is given to Louisiana by the national news media.
Now, introducing the Louisiana Bayoubuzz Legislative page.
If you’re trying to stay current with the latest news item and tweet from the media, government officials, organizations and other sources, regarding the Louisiana legislative session, our Bayoubuzz legislative page has you covered.
It comes as no surprise that the Louisiana Democratic Party would be elated over the recent claim that Treasurer John Kennedy, who has been dissing democrats and Jon Bel Edwards, in particular, this legislative sessiion could be caught up in a little inconvenience--a slight bit of inconsistency.
A controversy this weekend and today illustrates the angst within the Republican Party as it proceeds through the primary season and enters into Super Tuesday and next week's winner takes all races. The candidacy of Donald Trump has energized the right-wing of the party but is scaring the dickens out of the moderates and many other self-claimed-conservative members of the party.
Some passing thoughts as the legislature grinds through the budget crises
Fix Louisiana’s government first or tax it first?
Those are the competing cries, today.
On Wednesday, Ross Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times, set a new low for his liberal publication. As a supposed joke, Douthat tweeted that the best way to stop Donald Trump was to attempt to assassinate him. He said, “Good news, I’ve figured out how the Trump campaign ends,” and included a link to a scene from the 1983 movie, “The Dead Zone,” which featured an attempted assassination attempt on a deranged political candidate who had visions of running for President.
What are the students at LSU thinking about when they hear the prospects of their semester closing down in mid-term due to the lack of funding?
What should the state legislature do to quiet those concerns at LSU and elsewhere across the state given Louisiana’s severe budget shortfall which has left the state roughly $940 million dollars in the hole for this very fiscal year and the roughly $2 billion shy for next year, starting July 1 2016?
State Representative Lance Harris (RAlexandria), Chairman of the House Republican Delegation, released the following:
“Government should always strive to be less intrusive to citizens and business, spend its money efficiently, and deliver its core functions without raising taxes. This has always been and will continue to be the goal of the House Republicans.
The Governor called the legislature into an "extraordinary" session in mid February. The revenue of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, had fallen nearly $1 billion below projections. Thus, in order to continue government operations, the legislature would need to find areas of waste, cut certain services, and/or raise revenue.
Treaurer John Kennedy, who is running for US Senate, has issued a strongly-worded statement regarding Moody's downgrading of Louisiana's credit rating. In his statement, he appears to be making a direct attack upon Governor Jon Bel Edwards's administration, former Governor Bobby Jindal, and perhaps the legislature. Edwards who inherited a $950M deficit from Jindal for the remainder of the year and a $2.0 budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.
The big nut has been cracked?
The Louisiana House has agreed to raise the state sales tax by another penny of every dollar spent.
"Insanity: doing the same thing, over and over and expecting different results"
As it turns out, that quote was attributed to Einstein in error but the fact that he never said it doesn’t alter the accuracy of the definition.