Property tax for Audubon Zoo, Aquarium on the ballot Saturday | Uptown Messenger – The property tax for the Audubon Commission would bring in nearly $12 million per year for upgrades to Audubon properties. The story addresses the debate over whether this a new tax or a renewal — the ceiling for the new tax is the same as two existing separate taxes, but the City Council would have to vote to bring it up to that level.
The zoo and aquarium are already well-supported by admission fees and the existing millages. In fact, one could argue that instead of debating a new, higher millage, we should be talking about cutting the cord.
SADOW: The Era Of Jindal-Led Transformation Is Over | The Hayride – Columnist Jeffrey Sadow advises Gov. Bobby Jindal to use his shrinking political capital wisely. The “light touch” he taken so far with the Legislature is potentially problematic because it “allows for rambunctious legislators to put him in the position of having to make decisions on divisive issues that could erode his power more.”
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell acted appropriately in approving the east bank levee authority’s vote to hire a law firm for a wetlands damage suit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies, a Baton Rouge judge ruled Monday. The judge also ruled that the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association’s lawsuit attempting to overturn Caldwell’s approval was frivolous.
The Senate is expected to pass a House-approved bill this week that would still raise premiums, but not as steeply as the 2012 law. While second homes and properties that are repeatedly hit would experience greater increases, their owners would still be eligible for sizable grants to elevate and fortify homes and there remains no limit on the number of times a property can collect.
Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom? | The Daily Climate – For energy interests, the oil and gas boom is perfectly timed to fund favored candidates in the midterm elections. “The Cook Political Reports 2014 voter index lists the most likely Republican takeovers in pockets of the country heavily seeded by oil and gas revenue: Arkansas, West Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Montana. Big money is gearing up to steer the message.”
The state Education Department decided in November to postpone, by one year, the high school tests being developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. On Monday, Education Superintendent John White said it’s already too late to use the tests the following year, 2015-16 — and the state might never use them.
That’s even though Louisiana is a founding member of the partnership. “We’re going to wait and see how the marketplace resolves itself,” White said.
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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