Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017

With a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawsuit brought by a New Orleans-area levee board appears to be at an end, but the legal issues involving the coast don’t end there.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

With the removal of Robert E. Lee’s likeness from its prominent perch at the center of Lee Circle, New Orleans now has four fewer public monuments linked to the Confederacy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A sense of crisis would engulf a Legislature in a normal state with a situation like this: “The highest sales tax rates in the land, credit downgrades, critical infrastructure needs, and sliding tax climate rankings don’t provide the best optics t…

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hard times for the state and its budget are forcing a long-overdue reassessment of the corporate tax giveaways that have cost the state hundreds of millions, if not billions over time.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

With a budget crisis in full bloom at the State Capitol, some lawmakers have sought to steer federal funds toward a diversion project. The Comite canal is only partly done, but is intended to mitigate, eventually, some of the flooding in the Amite…

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Even with powerful elected officials like sheriffs and district attorneys protecting their turf, the prospects for real prison reform and prisoner rehabilitation were bright enough this year. Instead, a package of relatively uncontroversial bills …

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Civil War, which includes a legacy still being debated in the ongoing controversy over the planned removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans, was a tragedy that resulted because Americans could not peacefully resolve their political diff…

Sunday, May 07, 2017
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017

It is the season of the Louisiana Legislature’s annual meetings, so it is a time of budget battles that we think deserve some new thinking. Like, for instance, yours.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The ongoing debate about government’s role in health care involves a compelling reality – namely, that when elected officials are charged with guiding help for the sick and the elderly, political expedience can trump policy choices that do the mos…

Monday, May 01, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017

For a spring election date, voters around the state will see some significant decisions on today's ballots, including a primary election to fill a vacancy in the state Senate seat for the river parishes, and a number of important tax propositions …

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A decade ago, a prosperous American state faced a dilemma. Its budget was sagging under the weight of a growing prison population, and there was no end in sight. So the state’s leaders did something bold: They reformed their criminal justice syste…

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017

If you are in favor of sensible criminal justice policies, are you soft on crime? We don't think so, but at the drop of a legislative hat, some lawmakers are ready to malign the motives of reformers.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Perhaps it sounds a little odd, but people both in Louisiana and elsewhere are sometimes fuzzy about the differences between the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, expanded Medicaid, and “Obamacare” — the politically charged term that inv…

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday, the most solemn day in the Christian church, is an occasion to reflect on the suffering that often touches the human experience, and how that suffering connects us with each other — and with the wider currents of history.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Come, let us reason together, the Scripture quoted by Gov. John Bel Edwards goes. But Isaiah may have had an easier task rallying the children of Israel than the governor does gaining traction in the Legislature to change Louisiana’s disastrous bu…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

After a presidential campaign that cast a dark view of global trade, Louisiana residents got a fresh reminder this week of how connected our economy is with the rest of the world.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Louisiana did not set any great records in the economic sweepstakes lately, but a very small rise in personal income in the state is better news than in some other resource-dependent economies around the nation.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the Metro Council are looking at spending several million dollars to equip every patrol officer with body cameras, one of the responses that the new Baton Rouge administration seeks to make in the wake of t…

Friday, April 07, 2017