Among the unfortunate legacies of the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal was the continual raiding of the state's highway funds to pay for the operating costs of State Police.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
There's a drop in the price of oil, and then there's a long drop. Even veterans of the industry probably were as surprised as the stock markets when oil went down to almost $43 a barrel for U.S. benchmark crude.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Advocates for the poor and working families appear to be most agitated by a new health care bill springing from the U.S. Senate's back rooms and being fast-tracked to a vote.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The old saying is that it is an ill wind that blows no one any good, and even Tropical Storm Cindy might be said to have some benefits, or at least a potential positive for Louisiana.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy, the first major weather event of the Gulf of Mexico storm season, is now upon us, and once again it is time for hurricane preparations.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Amid a wearying legislative session on the budget, precious little was done to restore state finances. But although it will take time to mature, a landmark package of bills aimed at whittling away at the state's prison population could be good for…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
A veteran of State Police, Kevin Reeves, is the new superintendent. We congratulate him after decades of service, because it is a special position for a career public servant who started as a motorcycle trooper in Baton Rouge in 1990.
The Legislature this year could have done one thing to make Louisiana roads better: raise the gasoline tax for the first time in 28 years.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
When U.S. House Whip Steve Scalise was shot during baseball practice at a Virginia playing field Wednesday, he became the second Louisiana member of Congress to face a gunman while in office. The first was U.S. Sen. Huey Long, who died after a con…
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In his successful 2014 bid to become majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Steve Scalise, of Metairie, gave designer baseball bats made in Louisiana to his colleagues. The bats, crafted by Marucci Sports in Baton Rouge, ca…
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
We've been over this before with the Obama administration, but now it is the new Trump administration, seeking to sell off the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to reduce the budget deficit.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature is not a place for the squeamish when it comes to rhetoric, but even lawmakers listening to state Sen. John Milkovich had qualms the other day.
For generations, Louisiana operated under the depressing assumption that its Legislature could not manage itself. Governors hand-picked top leaders of the House and Senate, with lawmakers generally acquiescing to the wishes of the chief executive.…
Saturday, June 10, 2017
In the 2017 Legislature, passing the budget bills for the fiscal year beginning July 1 was supposed to be the easy part.
When you've got plastic paid for by friendly donors to your department, why not use it? For a major at Louisiana State Penitentiary, it appears to have been too tempting, given his urgent need for sunglasses and a couple of La-Z-Boy recliners.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
In the adult world, if you don’t do your work when you’re supposed to, you don’t get to charge overtime to do what you should have done all along.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
In the final week of a frustrating and largely fruitless legislative session, lawmakers adopted a symbolic resolution to “affirm the need for civility in political discourse.”
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
In response to the controversy surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans, the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee is urging veterans not to visit the city, including trips to the National World War II Museum.
Monday, June 05, 2017
In its short life, the Trump administration has received some criticism for its tendency to self-congratulation, to a degree unusual even in Washington. But the administration should be applauded for a pro-trade step involving China.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Most of the members of the Louisiana House of Representatives know that our state desperately needs relief in the form of better roads and bridges and all sorts of expensive infrastructure.
Regulars at Louisiana’s State Capitol often think of it as the house that Huey built, a legacy of the Depression-era governor who masterminded its construction.
Friday, June 02, 2017
With just days to go, a broad package of criminal justice reform bills is looking stronger in the legislature. But the session ends Thursday, and action on the 10-bill package is still needed in both chambers. The case for justice reform is eviden…
Thursday, June 01, 2017
The deaths of 11 workers and the devastation to offshore Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 had many consequences for both the state and the nation.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Monday, May 29, 2017
When author Lynne Olson stopped by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans this month as part of her new book tour, she couldn’t have known how timely her message would become.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Friday, May 26, 2017
Professors and students at LSU work every day to solve the most critical challenges we face such as improving cancer detection and treatment; stabilizing coastal land loss; improving our education system; reducing crime and poverty; inventing adva…
As Louisiana faces more than a billion dollars in red ink, state lawmakers are poised to spend even more money on yet another special session to do what they should have done already — agree on a solution to keep state government solvent.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
With not a vote to spare, the state House has advanced a modest proposal to raise — four years from now — the grade-point average for students to win a TOPS tuition waiver.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
During last year’s presidential campaign, Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, came to Baton Rouge to survey damage from August’s catastrophic flood, their visit throwing a much-needed national spotlight on the…
In the midst of devastation, New Orleans had an election in 2006. With voters dispersed around the country and post-Katrina conditions in the city, the state's chief elections officer amazingly orchestrated the mayoral and council voting in a way …
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
In a key vote, the state House is looking at a significant increase in the tax on motor fuels. But it’s not as if the 17-cents-a-gallon increase proposed is really that much of a hike, given that the last time that tax went up was 28 years ago.
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
A weekend of tough negotiations has produced a compromise package of bills that represent a constructive effort to tackle Louisiana's bloated prison population.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
With the state budget swimming in red ink, and no coherent plan afloat in the Legislature to resolve the crisis, Louisiana’s lawmakers nevertheless found time this week to weigh in on how local governments should handle Confederate monuments.
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…