Republican House members introduce the Welfare Reform Act of 2011, which is set to expand the reforms of the mid-1990s. The reform comes on the heels of U.S. Census Bureau data showing one in seven Americans live at or below the poverty line.
Rep. Kevin Pearson (R-Slidell) has proposed an across-the-board increase in pension contributions from state workers that would include police officers, judges and university professors. He credits Gov. Bobby Jindal for calling attention to the challenge of rising liabilities, but favors changes that are not limited to the “rank-and-file” workers.
Sen. Vitter has introduced new legislation that calls for greater transparency and accountability in the cost of infrastructure projects. The objective here to properly account for long-term expenses that could build up over time at the expense of taxpayers.
A Northwestern University study claims that Louisiana’s pension system will be insolvent by 2017. Louisiana’s largest pension program dismisses claims as “misleading”.
Lawmakers in both parties have been critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to increase state employee contributions to the pension plan. In reality, his plan is quite restrained in comparison to other states and some supporters argue that should go even further.
The multi-billion dollar LSU and Veterans Affairs Hospitals project, seen by many as harmless economic development, has important implications for property rights and fiscal responsibility.
Innovative budgeting practices that measure the “life-cycle” of infrastructure projects could save taxpayers money over the long term.
Louisiana is one of 10 states with leaders seeking to oppose greater federal debt with the first ever state initiated constitutional amendment.
Some of the law enforcement techniques built around “Broken Windows” can be applied in other parts of the country
Sheila Weinberg, of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, unravels the illusions of federal and state accounting that conceal deficits.