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Posts From Sen. Conrad Appel

    APPEL: Some Of Our Domestic Terrorists Are Being Ignored For The Threat They Pose

APPEL: Some Of Our Domestic Terrorists Are Being Ignored For The Threat They Pose

Terrorism is a multi-headed viper that threatens our society. The news media is filled with stories about the thirty seven people injured in this weekend’s political terrorism. It makes for

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    APPEL: On 9/11

APPEL: On 9/11

Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were placed in the last book of the New Testament during the hegemony of the detested Roman Empire. Though

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    APPEL: The Republican Collapse Of 2016

APPEL: The Republican Collapse Of 2016

I am absolutely heartbroken. As I watch the news, day in and day out, I wonder what happened to the great majority of politically moderate Americans that were backbone of

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    APPEL: Actual Progress In Higher Education? Perhaps So!

APPEL: Actual Progress In Higher Education? Perhaps So!

I just have to say this so please forgive my exuberance; this afternoon I feel extremely proud of my work in the Senate and of when I was Chair of

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    APPEL: The Siren Song Of Socialism

APPEL: The Siren Song Of Socialism

Brave Odysseus had to know; he had to feel for himself the powerful pull of the Sirens’ calls. But Odysseus had an advantage, the Gods had warned him that to

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    APPEL: Complacency And Breakdown

APPEL: Complacency And Breakdown

“No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family.“ – J. Edgar Hoover I saw this old quote and to me it speaks volumes.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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