2 cent cell phone fee riles governor; House ignores Jindal’s plea to kill bill — The Lens | A revealing article about the Jindal administration’s opposition to broadening small fees on phones to fund services for the hearing impaired. Legislators received warnings from the governor’s office that “Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based group headed by Grover Norquist, would flag [the measure] as a tax increase.” Two lawmakers told The Lens that “Taylor Teepell, the governor’s liaison with legislators, asked them to defeat the measure, offering the warning about Americans for Tax Reform. [Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport] and others said lawmakers got texts from Teepell afterward asking them if they realized they had voted for a tax. ‘The governor is more concerned about how you’re perceived than serving the interests of the people,’ Williams said.”
But the flurry of construction on beachfront residences since the hurricane is touching off bitter disputes over the environment, real estate and class.
Some local officials said they were worried that the owners were engaging in an arms race with nature, installing higher and higher barricades that could rapidly hasten erosion — essentially sacrificing public beaches to save private homes.
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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