Despite having the second lowest statewide sales tax rate in the U.S., a new study shows that Louisiana’s combined state and local sales taxes are third highest in the nation, at 8.84 percent.
A recent survey that shows a substantial majority of Louisiana voters favor tort reform could serve as a catalyst for bipartisan legislation next year aimed at alleviating costly litigation practices, according to top officials with citizen watchdog groups and business advocacy organizations.
The government’s track record would lead many to believe that it is incapable of efficiently permitting millions of new wells that will be drilled and hydraulically fractured in the coming decades.
Republicans did not do enough to advance free market reforms within the health care system when they last controlled both houses of Congress, some of the medical doctors who now serve in the House have said. Rep. Fleming and Rep. Cassidy are both calling for reforms built around “price transparency.”
21.6 percent of Louisianans are living in poverty, the second highest in the country, while the average household income has decreased 13% since 2009.
Louisiana’s experiment with charter schools could be restrained and limited if the right mix of candidates running for the state’s top school board seats do not prevail in this year’s election, warn industry officials who are backing several newcomers and three incumbents.
A retire-rehire program for teachers was approved by lawmakers 10 years ago, but today more than half of all participants are non-educators, while annual pension payouts are nearing $250 million
Don Briggs comments on the Obama Administration’s plan to repeal vital tax incentives for oil and gas industry and raise taxes on those making over $250,000 per year.
Up to 20 oil rigs could leave the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to the 11 that have already left, since the Obama Administration imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in May 2010. Sen. Vitter asks about the impact on small business, and the cost of green lawsuits in letter to feds.
In August, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), in partnership with Crossroads GPS, launched the Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index, which measures the power and influence union bosses wield in each state.