The American Conservative has run a commentary from former Pelican Post reporter and editor Fergus Hodgson. He promotes a constitutional amendment to check runaway federal spending.
American Legislative Exchange Council claims that states with lower and falling tax burdens are attracting businesses and spurring job growth.
A new state ranking for assets relative to liabilities, released this week, finds Louisiana to be the second most indebted state in the South. Despite a balanced budget requirement, Louisiana has still managed to acquire $21 billion more in liabilities than it has assets to offset them.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has requested limited removal of seniority privileges from consideration in city lay-offs, and the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union is unimpressed.
Rep. Tony Ligi made every effort to pass legislation that would allow for greater public scrutiny of collective bargaining agreements between union officials and government agencies. His efforts fell short this time around but they have attracted national attention and will be revisited in Louisiana.
Due to a scheduled larger share of offshore oil and gas revenues from the federal government, some lawmakers anticipate future surpluses.
Policy differences within Louisiana’s Republican Party complicated efforts to pay down the unfunded accrued liabilities (UALs) within the state’s retirement funds. Rep. Kevin Pearson’s (R-Slidell) was defeated in the Senate Retirement Committee on Sunday.
Jindal’s proposal was an effort to lessen the strain of Louisiana’s health care spending while improving outcomes, especially in regards to Medicaid.
Achieving a highly improbable turnaround, Rep. Noble Ellington’s (R-Winnsboro) resolution for an anti-debt amendment to the U.S. Constitution won approval from the Louisiana Senate yesterday.
Over the past few years, the Republican Party has shifted more the direction of Rep. Ron Paul’s libertarian positions, according to some the political activists who attended the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) in New Orleans. The Texas Republican was among the speakers.