“The justice system in Texas had fundamental flaws, and this is the result,” said Texas state Sen. Rodney Ellis.

Last August I noted that Louisiana ranks near the bottom of states in compensating exonerees.

As stated in a transcript of Obama’s speech:

Those states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make that happen. America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire, a country with deteriorating roads and bridges or one with high-speed rail and Internet, high-tech schools, self- healing power grids.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., praised “the president’s commitment to continued natural gas development, but [questioned] his call to target the oil and gas producers for higher taxes.”

Cedric Richmond praised the president’s commitment to ports and to early childhood education. 

And Gov. Bobby Jindal said the president “doubled down” on failed policies of the past and “confirmed that we have gone from the greed of Wall Street to the greed of government.” 

Everybody knows that violators of land use codes and permitting requirements seek every possible opportunity to exploit these regulations for their own personal good. … It is incomprehensible to me, and to others, that the savings the administration hopes to gain by implementing this move will outweigh the importance of maintaining a fully-funded VCC inside the Vieux Carre.

Forge “3P” (people, public, private) partnerships: “With land parcels in close proximity to one another, the effects of development in one area are likely to be felt quickly and acutely in neighboring sites.  The city government and all stakeholders need to work together to ensure they are not taking actions that would reduce the quality of life for others.”  

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...