Government & Politics
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget shortfall | Gambit – Jeremy Alford elegantly summarizes Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget gimmickry, which tries to veil the increasingly serious structural problems in the state budget:
Budgetary legerdemain is nothing new, but Jindal has made it a template rather than a failsafe — and he’s running out of one-time money to throw at recurring expenses. That means lawmakers will have to cut more — and deeper. On the chopping block are $60 million worth of pay raises for state workers; $40 million for a higher education incentive fund (known as WISE) that Jindal touted earlier this year; and $6 million in new money for higher education.
MAGINNIS: Green Army Absent from Capitol Battle | LaPolitics – Lt. Gen. Russel Honore’s “Green Army” movement seems to have gone AWOL as their opponents in the Legislature seek to derail a lawsuit to hold Big Oil accountable for coastal damage.
Senate rejects bill to limit drones in Louisiana | Associated Press – “A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.”
For all the breast-beating about diversions, decision to build them has yet to be made | The Lens – Ongoing cost/benefit research weighs more than a diversion’s land-building capacity. Other considerations include impacts on fisheries and flood protection in coastal towns.
Numbers on the board: The Gulf Coast, four years after the BP disaster | Grist – List of statistics on the state of Gulf Coast ecosystems.
Why Obama’s Keystone opposition reeks of politics | CNBC – Will Louisiana voters hold it against Sen. Mary Landrieu if she can’t push the administration to approve the Keystone Pipeline?
Global Green Models How To Reduce Pumping In New Orleans | WWNO – Model homes demonstrate how roof gardens and other eco-friendly features can help the city better manage water.
Panel sets stage for sound limits on Bourbon Street | The Advocate – “A New Orleans City Council committee endorsed an ordinance Monday setting new sound restrictions for Bourbon Street, clearing the way for a full council vote later this week on an ordinance that has drawn passionate and loud debate for nearly four years.”
Justice Department to develop list of non-violent drug offenders worthy of sentence reductions | NOLA.com – “Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, is backing similar [sentencing reform] legislation in the House. But not everyone is on board. Some have argued the threat of long sentences to lower-level drug offenders helps prosecutors build cases against so-called drug kingpins.”
Louisiana, 11 other states ban sodomy a decade after court ruling | NOLA.com – This is an angle I hadn’t seen: “While social conservatism plays a role in keeping unusable anti-sodomy laws on the books, [Human Rights Campaign legal director Sarah] Warbelow said lawmakers may also feel overwhelmed with having to rewrite statutes to accommodate concerns about aggravated sodomy. Some anti-sodomy laws, including Louisiana’s, use one statute to prohibit both consensual sodomy and aggravated sodomy. Opponents of the repeal argued that it would eliminate protections from oral and anal sexual assault.”
Bloggers’ exposure of LDOE plan helps topple multi-million dollar inBloom effort to siphon off confidential student data | Louisiana Voice – Bloggers Tom Aswell and Jason France take a victory lap for being in the vanguard of the debate over student data privacy.
White: Scrapping Common Core tests would spark problems | The Advocate– Superintendent John White says huge disruptions would occur in schools if Common Core tests were dropped.