Government & Politics
| Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tax swap proposal still needs to be fleshed out, but Tyler Bridges reports that it may be difficult to maintain revenue neutrality without more revenue from sources that his “model” states, such as Florida and Texas, use.
Bobby Jindal steps up: A ‘supercommittee of governors’ – The Hill’s Pundits Blog | Pundit Bernie Quigley loves Jindal’s recent suggestions for Republicans to make smarter policy arguments and to look to states, rather than D.C., to lead the way. Quigley’s optimism for Jindal is unbound, even surpassing the in-state euphoria he received after being elected in 2007.
Quigley says Jindal’s vision of America is “so fresh and new it is hard to grasp its full potential. He appears potentially like one of those leaders the world has seen through millennia, who appears out of nowhere and leads a benign horde to a new awakening, as if deposited there by a force of nature.” (Gracious, that sets the bar pretty high.) Other pundits around the country, such as the Boston Globe’s Joanna Weiss, are already tempering their early praise for Jindal.
Federal judge accepts $4 billion BP guilty plea for Deepwater Horizon oil disaster — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | Over a third of BP’s criminal penalty will fund coastal restoration projects in Louisiana, including “the rebuilding of barrier islands and/or the construction of diversions of freshwater and sediment from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.”
Healthy fields and rivers are this farmer’s life work — StarTribune.com | Louisiana coastal advocate group America’s Wetland spoke to farmers in Minnesota about the benefits of using less fertilizer. Not only does it save money, but less nitrogen and phosphates drain into the Mississippi River. The article mentions the benefits of a clean river, but doesn’t mention that fertilizer causes the massive, oxygen-deprived “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.
Delgado to lay off 46 employees next month — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | A drop in student enrollment at Delgado Community College has led to a $13 million deficit. The university announced that it would lay off 10 percent of its workforce.
Lycée leader banned at Audubon school after 2010 threat to student, records show — The Lens | “The acting chief executive officer of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans charter school was previously banned from another charter school’s campus for threatening a student, records show.”
Super Saturday of Service—neworleanssuperbowl.com | The day before the big game, the Super Bowl Host Committee will engage in a service initiative that will renovate five New Orleans Recreation Development Commission playgrounds. Improvements include: new artificial football turf at Harrell Stadium, gym repairs at Lyons Center, new basketball courts at Hunters Field, and new baseball fields and walking paths at Pontchartrain Park, among other improvements.
FAA Coughs Up Info On Where Drones Are Being Flown And Who’s Flying Them – Forbes.com | Forbes links to an interactive map where users can track drone activity throughout the country. The Lens reported in September that the city canceled plans to use Department of Homeland Security drones for crowd surveillance during the Super Bowl.
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