The drastic mismanagement and squandering of resources highlights the need to greatly scale back the operations of the Crescent City Connection Division.
New Orleans Annual Operating Budget indicates that the city government has increased its reliance on revenue from red light and speed cameras to cover holes in the operating budget. Revenue from red light cameras, for example, has increased from $3.4 million in 2008 to an projected $18 million in 2011, an increase of 419 percent.
Jeffrey Sadow contends that Jindal has received unjustified and misleading criticism over his pledge against tax increases.
Sen. Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas) has introduced a bill that would make possible for Louisiana to join with other states in forming a Health Care Compact (HCC). The idea is to move the responsibility and authority for shaping health care policy back to the states and away from the federal government.
As Louisiana municipalities struggle to mend their financial straits, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu may soon be without one of his most productive, yet controversial revenue generators: automated speed cameras.
Edward Ashworth and Andrew Muhl argue in favor of increasing the state’s cigarette tax, and the authors claim that this tax hike would be overwhelmingly popular, but Gov. Jindal opposes it for reasons of political expediency.
Rep. Norton has reintroduced the Equal Pay for Women Act, which would give the state power to correct and eliminate discriminatory wage practices based on sex for “comparable” work. However, various academics claim that the the male-female wage gap has little to do with discrimination, and more so with job preferences.
The reality is government wants more revenue, and taxes on tobacco prey on the vulnerable and burden the poor. As these revenue streams become perpetuated and critical, elected leaders give moral approval to the exploitation of addiction.
Sen. Danny Martiny (R-Metaire) has introduced legislation that would ban state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects, which are backed by organized labor. PLAs boost construction costs and undermine competition, studies show.
If the Obama Administration actually favored increased production in the Gulf of Mexico, it would be happening Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) told audience members at luncheon held in New Orleans. “Louisiana is the Aorta of America,” he said in his talk. But a change in Administration is needed.