Times are tough, and there is talk about making them even tougher by raising revenue through tax increases. Yes, the state, as usual, is strapped for cash. Yes, we're facing, as usual, a large shortfall in the state budget.
Two hundred years ago this month, Louisiana was the center of a major turning point in both American and world history. The War of 1812 was the first time in the short time of the nation’s history that the U.S. had declared war, and the three-year conflict came to a final struggle at the Battle of New Orleans.
This is a truly horrific case of abuse and neglect that first came to the attention of the authorities just a week before Christmas last year. On Dec. 18 at 5:46 a.m., Jerrica D. Schreib, 19, called 911 in Everett, Wash., to report that her 3-month-old baby daughter was having a possible allergic reaction to gripe water.
Gov. John Bel Edwards was the first governor in my memory to announce his choice to be speaker. Yes, most previous governors had their personal choices. But they quietly worked behind the scenes to build a consensus for their candidate. When Bobby Jindal first took office, he met with each House member and asked whom he or she wanted for the post.
The December 2015 Net Receipts Report shows that total state revenue thus far for 2015-2016 was $3.469 billion, a 15 percent decrease compared to that time last year. Sales tax, severance tax and corporation/franchise tax receipts continue to lag. Individual income tax revenue is relatively flat.
Bossier Webster Judge Jeff Cox has always been a pacesetter when he was in private practice and after he donned a black robe, so it’s no surprise that he has been openly campaigning for a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals since last fall; the election is Nov.
Under current law, we are subsidizing crop insurance at an average rate of 62 percent on every acre without limit regardless of farm size or wealth. We have an issue with that. Our tax dollars — the public trust — subsidize the largest operators no matter how big they get.
"Moody's is giving us the game plan for how to avoid a credit downgrade," said Treasurer Kennedy. "We need to stop spending more than we take in. We need to stop relying on one-time fixes to plug holes in the budget. We need to stop trying to borrow our way out of this problem.
Try as one might, it was impossible to dodge the onslaught of attack ads delivered by TV, radio, mailers, newspaper and Internet saturation. What a relief to let the victors take office and get on with the normal bumbling mismanagement that we all have come to know and love.
Nevertheless, I read reports on a daily basis of another meth lab being discovered in a home, motel room or even in a car or a backpack, somewhere in the United States. Sometimes innocent children are present. Sometimes fires or explosions occur when the “cook” makes a simple mistake in the processing of the toxic chemicals.