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Government & Politics
State tax amnesty program collects $435 million | The New Orleans Advocate – The amnesty was a success and after all is said and done, legislators should have an extra $157 million to spend. On what? That’s the question. The Lens’ Tyler Bridges has reported on whether legislators can count the money as recurring, which affects how they can spend it.
On Medicaid expansion, Jindal should embrace his own plan: Robert Mann | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Columnist Bob Mann reviews health-care policy proposals that Bobby Jindal made when he ran for governor in 2008, which don’t seem to conflict very much with the Obamacare Medicaid expansion he now strenuously opposes.
Five years ago, Jindal was dying to pay 30 percent of the cost to expand Medicaid. What would be Louisiana’s share of expanding Medicaid under the ACA [Affordable Care Act]? Nothing for the first three years; afterwards, 10 percent.
In 2008, Jindal’s health secretary spoke about the urgency of expanding Medicaid and of preserving beneficiaries’ “dignity.” Jindal’s administration has now dropped such talk. “Soon there will be more people riding in the cart than people pulling the cart,” Jindal complained last April. In 2008, these individuals had “dignity.” Today, they’re just bums asking for a free ride.
What’s changed? Jindal has a jones for the Oval Office and seems to believe that Republican primary voters won’t vote for someone who aids and abets the ACA.
Suddenly the other teams all showed up | Library Chronicles – Local blogger Jeffrey’s perceptive and entertaining commentary on the participants in notable local political races. The highlight for me was his criticism of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s “one team” slogan: “If there’s only one team, is there any point to even watching the game? If there’s only one voice in government, are we really still participating in a democracy?”
Morris Jeff staying under Recovery School District governance | The Lens – “The school, which closed after Hurricane Katrina and reopened as a type 5 charter under the RSD in the 2010-11 school year, became one of 17 eligible this year for transfer to Orleans Parish School Board oversight after improving performance scores in 2012 and 2013.“
Have There Ever Been Attempts To Oxygenate Ocean Waters Considered Dead Zones? | Forbes – An explanation of why “dead zones” could just as easily be called “too much life” zones.” The problem: It’s not the sort of useful sea life that we desire. (Via Restore the Mississippi River Delta)
House won’t vote on flood insurance before next year, and efforts to delay increases are in limbo | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Bipartisan efforts to delay flood insurance premium increases look like they’ve stalled for now.
Post-Katrina Police Prosecutions in New Orleans Face Setbacks | The New York Times – Proponents of police reform are disillusioned by the legal setbacks in the Glover and Danziger cases.
David Warren got what Henry Glover didn’t, judged as an individual: Jarvis DeBerry | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – DeBerry writes: “How fortunate for Warren that he successfully argued to be judged as an individual and not as a part of a group. Maybe if he’d looked at Glover that way, Glover wouldn’t be dead.”
Latest request to demolish historic Lower Garden District church building denied | Uptown Messenger
The latest request to demolish the First Spanish-American Baptist Church building in the Lower Garden District — listed in 2011 as one of the most endangered historic structures in New Orleans — was denied with more stern words from city officials Thursday, but the fate of the structure remains uncertain as it continues to decay.