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    APPEL: The Legislature Is Going To Have To Lead On Fiscal Policy Now

APPEL: The Legislature Is Going To Have To Lead On Fiscal Policy Now

The Sunday morning editorials bristle with attacks on the Legislature for “kicking the can” and for failing to follow the Governor’s lead. But what lead were we to follow? What

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    APPEL: Bad Tax Policy Raises Little Revenue And Cripples Entrepreneurship In Louisiana

APPEL: Bad Tax Policy Raises Little Revenue And Cripples Entrepreneurship In Louisiana

Louisiana desperately needs to diversify its business base in order to create good jobs; for too long we have depended upon oil and gas exploration and petrochemical manufacturing. As we

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    APPEL: What They Call Washington Politics, I Call An Independent Legislature

APPEL: What They Call Washington Politics, I Call An Independent Legislature

The latest justification by allies of the Governor for the failure of tax bills in the Louisiana Legislature is that in their view clearly we are descending into Washington style

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    APPEL: Louisiana’s Newspapers Have Fallen In Love With Dumb Tax Increases

APPEL: Louisiana’s Newspapers Have Fallen In Love With Dumb Tax Increases

Well, I have read many of the major editorials this morning and with no exception they all support major taxes increases with no qualification. To some extent I agree that

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    APPEL: Gov. Edwards’ Budget Task Force Gives Him News He Won’t Like

APPEL: Gov. Edwards’ Budget Task Force Gives Him News He Won’t Like

“…the Task Force believes that one structural change in the Louisiana budgetary model should be to live within long-term and sustainable budgetary trends as opposed to over-reacting to short‐term and

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    APPEL: Short-Term Good Budget News, But No Change In The Long-Term Need For Fundamental Reform

APPEL: Short-Term Good Budget News, But No Change In The Long-Term Need For Fundamental Reform

The Finance Committee met today and we were given a general overview of the budget status by Commissioner Dardenne. He presented some good news that the budget shortfall for the

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APPEL: Conflicted About How Best To Fight Coastal Erosion

  APPEL: Conflicted About How Best To Fight Coastal Erosion

OK I admit it, I am really conflicted. What is causing me so much angst will cause many people to

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APPEL: On Higher Education, And How To Structure And Fund It

  APPEL: On Higher Education, And How To Structure And Fund It

Just to be clear, Louisiana seriously under-funds its system of post-secondary education. Now with that said, under the political realities

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APPEL: Louisiana Needs A New Fiscal Model

  APPEL: Louisiana Needs A New Fiscal Model

On Monday we start a new session; more importantly, as I have written, we start a session that offers opportunities

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APPEL: An Opportunity Of Many Lifetimes

  APPEL: An Opportunity Of Many Lifetimes

Well it’s over and it all worked out as I had expected. We passed enough taxes and made enough short

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APPEL: A Structure For Putting Louisiana’s Fisc On A Sound Footing

  APPEL: A Structure For Putting Louisiana’s Fisc On A Sound Footing

As we start the Special Session let me try to present the big picture as I see it. Any financial

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APPEL: Thoughts On Louisiana’s Budget For 2016

  APPEL: Thoughts On Louisiana’s Budget For 2016

A new year always brings a time for reflection, this year is no different. Well, perhaps it is very different,

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APPEL: We Already Know Where Hillary’s Stupid Economics Leads

  APPEL: We Already Know Where Hillary’s Stupid Economics Leads

When we fail to respond to history we fail ourselves. There is but one word for people who don’t understand

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APPEL: Brown & Root Coming To Baton Rouge Is Great Economic News

  APPEL: Brown & Root Coming To Baton Rouge Is Great Economic News

Great news for the Baton Rouge business community; today it was announced that the newly-reestablished Brown and Root will relocate

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APPEL: Lessons Remembered Through American Sniper

  APPEL: Lessons Remembered Through American Sniper

On rare occasions in life we all are greeted with an experience that resonates within us to the extent that

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APPEL: On Pearl Harbor Day

  APPEL: On Pearl Harbor Day

“Pride cometh before a fall” – of all of my Mom’s wisdom, I remember this expression more than any other. As

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APPEL: It’s Our Poverty Of Values That Drives The Crime Epidemic

  APPEL: It’s Our Poverty Of Values That Drives The Crime Epidemic

Mr. Robert Mann has written an op-ed at the Times-Picayune decrying the injustice that modern society has perpetrated upon the poor

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APPEL: Why Common Core?

  APPEL: Why Common Core?

My friends ask why I am such a passionate defender of Common Core State Standards. Why am I willing to

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APPEL: On Small Business, And Growth

  APPEL: On Small Business, And Growth

I have been a small businessman for forty years.  Most folks hear the expression “small business” and do not really

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