Department of Revenue Executive Counsel Tim Barfield, who is serving as point man on the tax overhaul, acknowledged that many businesses will pay more under the proposal, which has been touted as a way to attract more business to the state.

“It’s very clear that business will be taking more of this burden… This is not an attempt to do tax reform on the back of the poor,” Barfield said.

John F. George, Jr., M.D. is Vice Chairman of Biomedical Research Foundation and is slated to become BRF President and CEO on March 27, the same date as the scheduled vote on the foundation’s takeover of the two hospitals. The Jindal administration has dismissed any talk of a conflict of interest by pointing out that George will not receive a salary as president and CEO of the foundation, thereby allowing him to remain as a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. …

But [an] Oct. 25, 1996, Ethics Board opinion would seem to indicate that recusal was not sufficient to avoid a conflict.

Federal regulators this month issued a batch of safety violation notices to offshore drilling contractors, exercising an aggressive new interpretation of the Interior Department’s powers for the first time since the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The “incidents of non compliance” sent to Ensco Drilling, Nabors Offshore Corp., and three other contractors in recent weeks mark the very beginning of a long process that can lead to civil penalties of $40,000 per incident per day.

Enrollment in the state’s largest district has dropped by more than 100,000 students since 2003 — more dramatic than New Orleans. The Detroit News reports that, “District officials have shuttered more than 100 school buildings in an attempt to right size the district as it fell deeper into a financial crisis. The city is in even worse shape and was taken over by the state on March 1st.” … Why write about the disaster that is Detroit? Like New Orleans, Detroit families are beginning to benefit from the man-made disruption and corruption. The portfolio emerging from the disaster is worth watching.

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...