Last week, freezing weather brought government here and in many parts of the country to a halt. The stoppage was strange but inevitable, part of a larger disruption that also touched the business and civic life of communities throughout the region.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Starting in 2018, Congress has decreed a tax cut for many American households. When you get your income tax cut in April 2019, be ready for a bit of payback in May. That's because Louisiana gives a big tax deduction for federal income taxes paid, …
Saturday, January 20, 2018
In a guest column for The Advocate, Gov. John Bel Edwards last Sunday put a number to the pain to be felt if there is not a resolution of the budget crisis in the State Capitol: $2.8 billion.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, announced with some fanfare that he would be coming to Louisiana to plunder our economic base and lure to the Sunshine State some of our disaffected businesses.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
As the New Orleans public education system transitions into a remarkable new approach toward school governance, it is important to remember the contributions of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, now battling cancer.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
One of the basic foundations of a free republic is that the police don’t act as political henchmen for whoever happens to be in power. But a quick scan of this month's headlines suggests this basic principle of civil society is under threat.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
In the early weeks of football season last year, player protests prompted lots of fans to complain that there was more drama on the sidelines than on the field.
New Orleans has enough challenges — like drainage and crime and poverty — that voters do not need their council members to waste time creating a foreign policy for the city.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Another Martin Luther King Jr. Day has arrived in the middle of January, just as the bloom is off the year. Our holiday hopes have subsided, our brightly coined New Year’s resolutions have tarnished, and we’ve mostly gone back to being our dull, d…
With the Legislature balking at new gas taxes, Gov. John Bel Edwards is taking a shortcut to get some big projects underway, including interstate expansions in Baton Rouge and a new airport terminal exit in New Orleans.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
In his durable best-seller, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” Robert Fulghum argued that life’s most important lessons usually come very early, thanks to the first people who teach us.
Gov. John Bel Edwards generated a headline Monday when he promised he would be flexible about his Jan. 19 deadline, the date he would present a draft budget to the Legislature — where talks about tax reform have been stalled by the GOP-led House f…
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Middle-school teacher Deyshia Hargrave probably gave the lesson of her life on Monday when she rose during a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting to ask why the system’s superintendent was getting a hefty raise while rank-and-file educators got nothing.
Those heavy eyelids and choruses of yawns we’ve noticed in south Louisiana workplaces this week might be more than a case of the post-holidays blahs. More than likely, residents could be enduring football hangover, that blissful, morning-after exh…
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
America set a record with 10 million barrels of oil a day produced in November 1970. Since then, that number declined. Alarmists have talked about “peak oil” — and the ensuing global shortfall that would crater the world’s industrial economies.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
A lawsuit by a Monroe businessman alleging that a court employee hid or destroyed official documents hasn’t gotten much attention beyond north Louisiana, but it should. What’s needed even more is a prompt resolution of a case that could impact how…
Saturday, January 06, 2018
The homely saying is that what goes up must come down, although the stock market is trying to disprove it in the new year, just as it did in the old. With indexes at all-time highs, there may be a case that a correction in rising markets is around…
Friday, January 05, 2018
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Way back when, in the days after Troy State knocked off the vaunted LSU Tigers at homecoming, the hopes for a 9-3 regular season were pretty low. So now, even with a heartbreaking loss in the Citrus Bowl to Notre Dame, we're trying to keep the foc…
The holidays, a time for sharing, were also an occasion for friends and loved ones to exchange the gift no one wants to receive. We’re talking about the flu, which is sadly on the upswing across Louisiana as a new year begins.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
When 2017 ended this week, it left behind memories of storms and floods, fires and shootings, political discord and public discontent. The arrival of New Year’s Day brought with it heightened hopes for a less eventful 2018.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Here in south Louisiana, where football is a fabled tradition, sports fans can take comfort that the first day of a new year offers plenty of action on the gridiron, with bowl games planned throughout the day. Many eyes in this part of the world w…
Saturday, December 30, 2017
The holidays seemed to arrive sooner this year, no doubt because of merchants getting a jump on Black Friday, the traditional start of the yuletide shopping season. But even beyond the marketplace, we also sensed a widespread desire to speed 2017 …
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
With the clock ticking, and more than $1 billion in temporary sales and other taxes expiring on June 30, perhaps you would think that the lawmakers at the State Capitol would be getting a move on.
Just five days after getting out of jail, a small-time crook named Smokey White was caught in an armed robbery in Kenner. He approached two men working on a roof near Louis Armstrong International Airport, wielding a gun and demanding money. He fl…
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
While we are not surprised at John N. Kennedy's power to embarrass the unprepared in government hearings, given his performances in the State Capitol, the new U.S. senator from Louisiana has made a lot of people in Washington sit up and take notic…
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
While it is a complex subject, there is one profound observation about Louisiana's lavish property tax break for big business: "When you give away other people's money, you get really good at it."
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Those chillier winds you are feeling are the budget prospects for the state, and the shivers are already shooting through officials trying to plan ahead for 2018.
Monday, December 18, 2017
The longtime LSU professor of economics Loren Scott continues to teach, although now his memorable lessons take the form of his annual assessments of Louisiana's economic prospects for the coming year. In his latest forecast, the conservative Scot…
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Among the tragedies of Congress this year is the almost inexplicable failure to finance something that both sides of the political aisle feel is a good thing: Medicaid insurance coverage for poor children.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Is school choice a challenge or an opportunity? Both, as folks in New Orleans learned with the dramatic expansion of charter schools in the Crescent City and as Baton Rouge parents and students are now learning as charters expand in the capital city.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Taxpayers in New Orleans should welcome an investigation and resolution of LaToya Cantrell's credit card problems — for whatever the mayor-elect might say, it was a problem.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
One of the great institutions in New Orleans and in Louisiana is Tulane University. Building its capacity for the future is a mission we wholeheartedly endorse, as the university embarks on the public phase of its long-term capital campaign.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
There shouldn’t be much of a contest in a political race pitting an accused pedophile against a prosecutor who helped send Klansmen to jail for blowing up a church.
We welcome the state Legislative Auditor's Office review of policies for handling sexual misconduct. Requested by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, such a wide review might take time, but Auditor Darryl Purpera said he plans to have a report an…
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
As governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, Kathleen Blanco guided the state through one of the darkest chapters in its history, marshaling the recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
A legislative committee is looking at potential changes to the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, a popular program that Louisiana can’t really afford, and hopefully the effort will produce a rational plan to trim the cost of the tuition wai…
Saturday, December 09, 2017
While "very shocked" by abuses uncovered by the press, a 27-year veteran of State Police says he wants to restore faith and accountability to the premier law enforcement agency.
In ordinary circumstances, Louisiana ought to be spending a lot of its money on maintenance and repairs of its highways, bridges and other infrastructure. But that is now the priority plan for the state highway department out of necessity, not choice.