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Re-election and bravado driving budget debate
Right now there are some 123 Louisiana legislators wondering if their votes on taxes, exemptions, incentives and the budget will do enough damage to ban their re-entry to the House and Senate next ...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Raid on state employee and retiree fund calls for action
One of the most alarming consequences of the financial tailspin in Louisiana government in recent years was the near collapse of the insurance program for state employees and retirees. Legislators ...
May 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill to require approval for contracts makes sense
Untangling the financial mess created by state institutions and agencies spending billions of dollars on contracts for various and sundry consultants and services will not be easy in light of obvio...
May 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lawmakers preparing for more fiscal work in 2016
Lawmakers can only create new taxes or increase them in odd-numbered years, leaving even-numbered years to host their regular sessions. But a constitutional amendment by Rep. Harold Ritchie, D-Boga...
May 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Bottom Line...
The Natchitoches Times polled readers on Facebook asking, “What's your opinion on people who choose to stomp or disrespect the American flag?” Randall T. Hayes: I like the flag, but I like freedom ...
May 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letters to the Editor:
Harmony Road still a problem resident says Dear Editor: Not long ago, the Parish Council was talking about redoing some of the parish roads. And one of the roads was supposed to have been the Harmo...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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David Vitter marches toward pinyata status
The somewhat misguided issue of “who would you rather have a beer with” has become a perennial question in modern presidential polling. And it’s something reporters and consultants sometimes kick a...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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With economy sputtering, agriculture is shining star
Some segments of Louisiana’s volatile economy have sputtered toward the projected industrial boom that is expected to lift the state out of its morass of rising unemployment and low personal income...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Watered down tobacco tax only promotes cancer
A proposal to increase Louisiana’s cigarette tax to the national average has been watered down drastically by the House Ways and Means Committee, but legislators should seize the opportunity to mak...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Budget shortfall emphasizes need to curtail movie credits
Louisiana’s tax breaks and incentives for the film and television production industries are much too generous and have drained too many dollars from state agencies and institutions. Legislators are...
May 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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