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JUNEAU: Adieu!

“The moving finger writes and having writ moves on, nor all thy piety nor wit can lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it,” wrote Omar Khayyam, in “The Rubaiyat,” as translated... (Continue reading)

JUNEAU: A Tangled Mess

If you are President Obama, you know you are not having a good week when some of your most crucial and trusted allies let you know through the media that your “legacy” legislative achievement is really getting under their skin.... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: The Other Government

Every day seems to unearth more claims of unwarranted privacy intrusions upon private citizens by the National Security Administration (NSA) and the myriad other agencies and contractors that comprise its national security apparatus. Almost as soon as President Obama, members... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: A Headline That Brings Back Memories

“Refilling Rainy Day Fund Clouds State Budget Prospects” read the headline in The Lens, a New Orleans publication. Tyler Bridges wrote an insightful article about the need for the governor and the Legislature to come up with $323 million by... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: The Political Cycle Begins

It is August, midway through the second term of a term-limited governor. The Legislature isn’t in session. Ordinarily this would be a period of political doldrums in which little attention is drawn to the teeming swamp of Bayou State politics.... (Continue reading)

JUNEAU: Some Things That Caught My Eye This Week

In a surprise move, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District- East filed a lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies to try to force them to pay what could be many billions of dollars to remediate deteriorated sections of... (Continue reading)

JUNEAU: Property Tax Reform Moving Backward Not Forward

After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would insure... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: A Tale Of Two States’ Unemployment Experience

Last month, the North Carolina Legislature enacted legislation to corral its expanding federal debt for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits to its unemployed. This is because North Carolina is among 18 states whose UC trust funds were bankrupted by increased claiming... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: Cynicism, Politics And A Train Wreck Delayed But Not Prevented

The Obama administration announced on July 2 that the January 1, 2014 deadline for many employers to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty was being pushed back by one year. The announcement was confirmation of several... (Continue reading)

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Looking Back Part III: The Tort Reform Special Session Of 1996

For years the civil justice system in Louisiana was one of the worst in the nation in spite of very few bills being passed by the Legislature to liberalize tort laws and generate more lawsuits. The blame belonged with our... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: Partisanship Has No Place in Regulatory Bureaucracies

Much has been said, and deservedly so, about the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups regarding their applications for tax-exempt status. Several Congressional hearings have been held about the potential abuses that occurred in the IRS on this issue. The responses... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: The Session Might Be Over, But The Problems Sure Aren’t

Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didn’t result in the need for a follow-up Special Session. After confrontation, consternation, confusion, and odd-couple coalitions festered for 60 days,... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: Against All Odds (Looking Back, Part 2)

In my last column, I wrote about the “Election from Hell” between Edwin Edwards and David Duke in 1991 and ended it with the comment that Edwards was returning to the Governor’s Mansion with scores to settle, as the business... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: The Election From Hell

(As my retirement approaches, some of my weekly columns will look back at key events during my career with LABI. This column is the first in that series—Dan Juneau) Perhaps the lowest point in my career with LABI and my... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: Some Things That Caught My Eye This Week…

Where Ignorance is Bliss—If FDR had the same advisors that Barack Obama has, he wouldn’t have known that Pearl Harbor had been bombed until media reports filtered back to the mainland. The Obama administration has attempted to perfect a system... (Continue reading)

JUNEAU: The Ides Of May

Three weeks are left in the 2013 regular session of the Legislature, and much water is left to run under the legislative bridge before sine die adjournment on June 6. The biggest issue left to resolve is the state budget,... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: House Set To Advance $300 Million In Tax Increases

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a package of bills Monday that will become vehicles for a proposed $329 million tax increase. Of that total, $315 million would come from businesses. That would represent the largest tax increase on... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: One More Time

In this column on March 27, I stated that the top goal of LABI for 2013 was as follows: “Tax increases on businesses and investments in a slow economy are a recipe for disaster. In order to maximize chances for... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: Cash Cash

Years ago in an earlier life, I was general manager of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce when oil and gas were totally the king and queen of the state’s economy. Needless to say, the Lafayette Chamber’s membership roster was... (Continue reading)

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JUNEAU: The Obamacare Train Wreck Is About To Begin

There is good news and bad news for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The good news is that it is nearing full implementation next January 1. The bad news is that the legislation remains unpopular with the voters, and... (Continue reading)

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