Through the wisdom of the Louisiana Legislature, Louisiana will remain the only state in the nation that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
State money for schools is up in Louisiana this year, just slightly. That's only because a few more students are enrolled in public schools, which means the Minimum Foundation Program, which distributes funds on a per-pupil basis was obligated to …
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The old saying about financial common sense is that when in a hole, stop digging. The House Appropriations Committee agreed, killing two Senate-passed bills that would have expanded eligibility for the popular TOPS tuition waivers at state colleges.
When a coroner's report showed that a suspect in custody of Jefferson Parish officers had died by asphyxiation, the sheriff's office responded promptly and correctly in classifying the death of Keeven Robinson as a homicide.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The companies that operate "riverboat" casinos are big winners in this legislative session, with lawmakers approving a bill to allow them to dispense with the longtime fiction that the facilities are creatures of the water.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
In Baton Rouge last Friday, LSU and Southern University held spring commencement ceremonies, a time when graduates are urged to put away the things of childhood and think seriously about the world.
Monday, May 14, 2018
As evidenced by the political ascendance of Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan, having a background in the entertainment industry can be a plus for a political figure.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Louisiana’s House of Representatives is the most conservative and populist institution in state government.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
For Louisiana, the cost of delay and bickering are growing every day that the Legislature fails to grapple with the state's big problems.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The little town of Roseland in Tangipahoa Parish is the new poster child for Louisiana's problems providing safe drinking water.
A year after lawmakers and the governor approved ambitious reforms of its criminal justice system, Louisiana won’t be participating in the first stage of a nationwide initiative to improve the re-entry of prisoners back into society. That’s a loss…
Louisiana is an important state in petrochemical manufacturing for the nation and the world's markets, but the economic benefits come with a price in emissions into air and water.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Monday, May 07, 2018
When Donald Trump was running for president in 2016, Louisiana-born porn star Stormy Daniels had 130,000 reasons to keep quiet about what she claims was a 2006 sexual rendezvous with the future leader of the free world.
Here’s a colorful expression of the relationship between Louisiana's powerful state government and significantly less powerful cities and parishes. “All of us here are aware of the differences in the community about BREC,” said state Rep. Rob Shad…
Maybe it was a long time coming, but during its 300th anniversary celebrations, New Orleans is getting its first woman mayor.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
As the son of a New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu said it was always his dream to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Friday, May 04, 2018
From the beginning of the legislative fight over the long-term extension of the Harrah’s casino deal, we’ve not questioned the merits of an extension of the contract as much as whether there has been an independent assessment of what the state and…
Thanks to a bill that sailed through the Louisiana Senate, you could be sent to prison for life with a less clear paper trail than if you bought a car.
Thursday, May 03, 2018
With the state budget in chronic crisis, and the costs of the popular TOPS tuition waivers rising, what does our mathematically challenged Legislature do?
For the hard-pressed drivers on Interstate 10 in New Orleans, Interstate 110 in midtown Baton Rouge, and Interstate 20 in Shreveport and Bossier City, a pointless political debate before the State Bond Commission should show who is not on your sid…
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
While it seems an army of lobbyists was deployed to push through a long-term renewal of the Harrah’s casino lease, there appeared to have been little — if any — effort to inform lawmakers and the governor’s office at the State Capitol that another…
There was a case of the lion laying down with the lamb at the State Capitol this year, when the head of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry publicly praised the head of the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
If the halfway mark of the Louisiana Legislature’s regular session were a midterm exam, lawmakers would surely score a failing grade.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler used the resources of his office to pursue a sexual relationship with a member of his staff, something that would get him fired from countless corporate workplaces in America.
For both education and public safety, several key tax propositions are on Saturday's ballot. We urge voters in East Baton Rouge Parish to support them.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
In previous years, the Louisiana Legislature has allowed voters to consider proposed amendments to the state constitution dealing with public retirement systems, hunting and fishing laws, mandated retirement ages for judges, how to spend cigarette…
Sunday, April 22, 2018
"The worst"? We don't think so in the case of two of President Donald Trump’s Louisiana nominees to the federal courts.
Mississippi’s poor standing occasionally saves Louisiana from being dead-last in basic indicators for quality of life. But when it comes to the number of lifers serving prison terms, Louisiana can’t even count on its neighbor to make it look bette…
Friday, April 20, 2018
With 53 votes required for passage, the Republican leadership of the state House advanced its Draconian version of the budget bill on a close 55-47 vote.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
If you drive on streets and highways in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, you know that many are in poor repair. But it's a problem that is hardly limited to big cities.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
With the revenue picture still in flux, the leadership of the state House has thrown caution — much less mathematics — to the wind by passing a damaging state budget bill that undermines Louisiana’s most valued institutions.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Nobody is happier than we are to see the boom in new construction of expensive apartments and condos both in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, where downtown building is transforming the landscape.
Monday, April 16, 2018
While a controversy has rumbled along between state auditors and the city officials, a vote of the people can settle the issue: Can Baton Rouge continue to collect a small millage for police operations that it has levied since 1958?
Scores for Louisiana public school fourth-graders are among the lowest in the nation for reading and math, according to the latest assessment. In addition, eighth-graders finished 50th among the states and the District of Columbia in math and 48th…
Sunday, April 15, 2018
That Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Legislature were wrong to turn down the expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage for the working poor almost a decade ago is amply demonstrated by the experience of the first year since John Bel Edwards reversed course.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Since 1998, the people of East Baton Rouge Parish have strongly supported a set of three tax levies, totaling a one-cent sales tax, for construction of schools and support of teachers and school operations.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The experts are forecasting a busier-than-normal hurricane season. They could be wrong. But they could be right.
Given the pitiful state of public discourse at the State Capitol these days, we shouldn’t be surprised when children visiting the Legislature end up looking more mature than the grown-ups. That’s what happened recently when 10-year-old Sam Peter o…
At up to five years of hard labor, anyone thinking that they should vandalize energy infrastructure in Louisiana ought to think twice about the penalty for such a crime.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
In announcing that he won’t run for re-election, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has increased the likelihood that Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Jefferson Parish Republican, could succeed him in filling one of the most important jobs in the f…
Yet another of the state's major hospitals says it will have to shut down its public health care arm unless the Legislature comes up with money to fill a looming budget shortfall.