By building on existing research from the Louisiana Sentencing Commission and following key principles that have guided successful reforms in Texas and other states, Louisiana policymakers can take the next steps to enhance public safety in the state and control costs borne by taxpayers.
Last week the Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) published a response to our critique of the health insurance exchange proposed by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson in SB744. We have reviewed their arguments in favor of the exchange and find them unpersuasive.
Louisiana should not devote resources to a program it won’t control and may soon be rendered obsolete This evening, Louisiana’s Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hear SB744. This bill would require Louisiana to create an “exchange” to facilitate the purchase and sale of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as…
On Monday, Louisiana’s House of Representatives is expected to vote on HB 1095. This bill would make Louisiana party to the National Popular Vote (NPV) “compact” whereby state electors would pledge to cast their votes to the presidential candidate receiving the most votes nationwide, regardless of the results in Louisiana. Here are six reasons why legislators should reject this attempt to jettison our electoral system.
Critics of Governor Jindal’s proposed “cash balance” pension plan for state employees have made a number of inaccurate claims. The current retirement systems have amassed an astonishing $18.9 billion in unfunded liabilities, but reform opponents defend the status quo with scare tactics while relying on a flawed report from the Legislative Auditor.
We believe that voters should support this amendment and vote Yes on Saturday. While there is no doubt that policymakers have been challenged by recent budget shortfalls, most taxpayers face challenges of their own. These taxpayers must live within their means and we believe that policymakers should do the same.
The Louisiana legislature has been criticized for cutting statewide funding for the arts. Pelican Institute president Kevin Kane argues that Louisiana’s cultural heritage is better protected by voluntary support and private enterprise than by government subsidies.
This promises to be an interesting event.
Today’s Washington Times contains two interesting pieces on the controversy over Charity Hospital. Jack Davis’ article is worth a look. And the fact that a conservative paper would editorialize against Gov. Jindal’s plan is notable. The federal arbitration hearing that will determine how much FEMA owes Louisiana has convened. Stay tuned!
In response to a growing budget deficit, the city of New Orleans has stepped up its parking enforcement efforts. The city recently designated new parking spaces near the Superdome – only to post No Parking signs and ticket offenders. Mayor Ray Nagin has proposed installing more meters around the city and expanding the hours and…