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.
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.
Geymann and Morris say their bill is a reaction to Gov. Jindal’s use of $474 million in one-time revenues from the proposed sale of three state prisons…
Although the Obama Administration claims the U.S. is in an economic recovery, evidenced by a fall in the official unemployment rate, the employment-to-population ratio, is now lower than it was when the recession officially ended. Additionally, since 2009 the number of people who have been out of work for more than six months has increased 40 percent.
Contrary to rosy assessments from high profile publications and the Obama Administration, the owner of Laborde Marine reveals the uncounted devastation from the shut-down of rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Taxpayers are covering 56 percent of the pension plan contributions for Louisiana State Troopers. Moreover, a portion of the fee residents pay for their driver’s license is also used to help fund the police retirement plan. At a time when rising liabilities threaten the stability of the entire state pension system, state troopers should not be excluded from policy changes, and NFIB official says.
As the most likely alternative to federal income taxes, the Fair Tax merits understanding, and Laura O’Halloran of FairTax.org met with The Pelican Post for an exclusive interview.
Jeffrey Sadow has unearthed data, from Louisiana Economic Development’s own commissioned report, that reveals misleading and self-serving messages about the efficacy of tax credits.
Commentary: Obama’s Deficit Reduction Speech Illustrates Fundamental Misunderstanding of America’s Fiscal Woes
As long as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid remain intact, our national debt will be perilous. Additionally, any recovery strategy predicated on tax hikes and increased spending will be a failed one.
On Saturday, the Shreveport Times ran an op-ed coauthored by Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute and Mark Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. They note that the Bayou State has the highest incarceration rate per capita in the United States, and an address of criminal justice reform is overdue.