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Posts From Sen. Conrad Appel

    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 get mad simply because it flies in the face of

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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 that we are faced with there is no reasonable probability,

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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 to change direction and to create a structure of government

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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 term cuts to get us through this fiscal year. For

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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 problem has two components; the revenue side and the expense

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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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APPEL: Bob Mann Doth Protest Too Much

  APPEL: Bob Mann Doth Protest Too Much

For perhaps the first time ever, but for different reasons, I am in agreement with a recent Times-Picayune editorial by Robert

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APPEL: Rand Paul Misses The Mark On Detroit

  APPEL: Rand Paul Misses The Mark On Detroit

Senator Rand Paul has a new plan to save Detroit or, more likely, to attract Republican voters to the good

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APPEL: The Significance Of Dealey Plaza, 1963

  APPEL: The Significance Of Dealey Plaza, 1963

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a seminal event in the history of our country, but not for

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APPEL: Trust

  APPEL: Trust

In a debate with a leading Democrat last year I made the point that to a great extent we Republicans

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Appel: Five Years

  Appel: Five Years

Five years ago the United States entered into a recession not unlike the many business cycle recessions that always plague

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