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.

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.

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

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...