Don Briggs of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association says Louisiana is uniquely positioned to respond to higher gasoline prices and shift to natural gas.
As an alternative to the pension reform legislation favored by Gov. Bobby Jindal, the House Committee on Retirement has voted to move a bill to the floor the includes an across the board increase in state employee pension contributions that would be used to pay down unfunded accumulated liabilities.
Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted to pass Rep. Brett Geymann’s Resolution 27 on Monday, which is designed to block allocation of “one-time” non-recurring money as a way to plug budget gaps. Geymann says his legislation will help force meaningful spending cuts. Gov. Bobby Jindal disagrees.
Instead of allowing a Senate Committee to kill a bill that otherwise stands a strong chance of passing the full Senate, supporters of Health Care Compacts have decided to voluntarily defer their legislation until the next session.
North Dakota Senator Curtis Olafson (R – Edinburg), who flew in to testify as national spokesman, was met with as many welcomes and jokes as he was with questions.
Sadow: “With little disruption Louisiana could wipe out its corporate income tax in a little over a year… economic activity set off by the elimination of these would swell the state coffers by other means.”
Rep. Ledricka Thierry (D – St. Landry) wants to impose fines on any person who performs plumbing without a license, thus increasing the regulatory burden on Louisiana’s workers.
In the face of unsustainable federal debt, Congress and the President appear unwilling and impotent to do anything about it. Robert J. Thorpe contends that the states must initiate a limit on spending, such as the National Debt Relief Amendment, via an Article V amendments convention.
The Pelican Institute has released three pieces of research to clear the air over the National Debt Relief Amendment and other Article V amendments. Escalating debt and an unrestrained federal government suggest the time is overdue for a state-initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Tea Party activists joined with Sen. Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas) last week to testify in favor of legislation to suspend federal health care regulations and empower state officials. Guillory’s bill would enable Louisiana to enter into Health Care Compacts (HCCs) with other states.