Political Horizons: Public input impacts budget alternative — The Advocate | This article gets back to the “closing loopholes or raising taxes” argument. Bob Reid of the Tea Party of Louisiana believes ending government subsidies in the form of targeted tax credits is tantamount to a tax increase, and his group spent “$10,000 to $15,000 to make about a half-million automated phone calls — or ‘robo calls’ — to condemn” members of the Legislature who supported a bill to end certain breaks.
In the most audacious power play of the legislative session, one that is shaking the foundations of higher education, the two-year colleges are close to pulling off a $250 million end run on established procedure in order to build 28 training and technology centers all around the state. Supporters hail the plan as essential to training a skilled workforce to fill technical jobs in high-demand areas. Opponents call it a debt-ceiling buster that violates the spirit if not the letter of the Constitution and robs four-year colleges of badly needed resources.
Navy gives up Algiers land for Federal City development Tuesday — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | “More than two years after Congress and the president authorized the land transfer, the Navy on Tuesday will give up as many as 156 acres and the buildings it owns in Algiers that is being redeveloped as the Federal City. Some of the buildings date to the early 1900s, when the Navy opened a Naval Station along the Mississippi River’s West Bank of New Orleans, while others are more modern.”
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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