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Taxing Fun

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Louisiana Representative Robert E. Billiot, a Democrat from District 83 in Jefferson Parish, recently withdrew his bill which was designed to imposed a 1-percent sales tax on televisions and video game equipment. That money would have gone toward building playgrounds and fighting childhood obesity. Here is another example of a […]

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Income Growth in Louisiana

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Preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis revealed that personal income growth slowed in 2008. In Louisiana, personal income growth slowed to 4.2 percent in 2008, a virtual crawl compared to 10.2 percent in 2007. Of course the decline is not limited to Louisiana, as personal income […]

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State Treasurer John Kennedy on Louisiana’s Budget

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In a recent speech to the Houma Rotary Club, Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy has called for the state government to cut the fat out of the budget. In Kennedy’s opinion, the state government has more than enough money to cover the basic government services that are absolutely needed. “We […]

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Why Think Tanks Hire Journalists

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Like a number of other think tanks, the Pelican Institute has decided to hire an investigative journalist. We will elaborate on this in the near future, but in the meantime here is an interesting blog post on the future of journalism (h/t Scott McKay).

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Bobby Jindal on Encouraging Growth in Louisiana

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Bobby Jindal has recently been in the national news for his opposition to the stimulus plan and his threat to reject large portions of the stimulus plan. But he acknowledges that there is a problem with the economy and that government can do something–Back Off. A couple of days ago, […]