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Legal Reform in the Background as State Budget Woes Dominate the Start of Legislative Session
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Legal Reform in the Background as State Budget Woes Dominate the Start of Legislative Session

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The short session, which opened last week and must conclude by June 11th, will be dominated by debate over taxes and spending cuts as legislators look for creative ways to balance the budget.

Taking Inventory of Louisiana’s Outdated Tax
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Taking Inventory of Louisiana’s Outdated Tax

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Those calling to increase state revenue by eliminating the inventory tax credit need to be reminded that taxes make doing business more expensive. The more expensive an activity is, the less a person can engage in it.

Louisiana Pensions: A Bargain for Teachers, A Burden for Taxpayers
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Louisiana Pensions: A Bargain for Teachers, A Burden for Taxpayers

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Many of our public pension systems operate outside the laws of reason and are usually motivated more by political interests than practical economics.

Guest Commentary: Introducing “Article V 2.0″: The Compact for a Balanced Budget
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Guest Commentary: Introducing “Article V 2.0″: The Compact for a Balanced Budget

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What if the states could advance and ratify a powerful federal balanced budget amendment in just twelve months? It could happen with a new approach to state-originated amendments under Article V of the United States Constitution.

The Nexus Between Workforce Development and Criminal Justice in Louisiana
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The Nexus Between Workforce Development and Criminal Justice in Louisiana

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With the coming expansion in the energy, manufacturing, and construction sectors and an aging population, Louisiana’s impending labor shortfall can only be exacerbated by excluding a large section of the prospective workforce: ex-offenders.