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Wed
15
Feb

A Tale of Two Tax Reforms

By Jim Patterson

Vice President of Government Relations; Director, Taxation and Finance It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of audacious change and then more of the same. Though tax reform is the order of the day, we are faced with the stark contrast of the meaning of tax reform in Louisiana and on the national level. On one hand, tax reform at the state level has so far lead to perennial burdens on the private sector. On the other, tax reform at the federal level has the potential to be a catalyst that will energize and spur economic growth.

 

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Wed
08
Feb

Take the Time to Do it Right

By Stephen Waguespack

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” His point is clear: take the time on the front end to adequately prepare for a task if you want to do it right and without unnecessary complication. This advice is quite relevant and timely as the new Congress and incoming Administration tackle the critical challenge of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

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Wed
01
Feb

Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell
 
Much has been written about the Mansfield Female College, a Methodist College for young ladies. MFC established in 1854 by Dr. H.C. Thweat of Virginia and Rev. Doty of Caddo Parish preceded Pearce-Payne College for young men at Pleasant Hill by three years. Rev. E.D. Pitts, Methodist Minister at Pleasant Hill, saw the eminent need for a college for young men. Some of the other prominent people of the area that took leadership roles in establishing Pearce-Payne College were A.G. Jordan, Dr. F. Chapman, John S. Childress and others. The above three pledged $10,000 a year for a three-year period. It is interesting to note the merchants and plantation owners of Mansfield, a much larger town than Pleasant Hill raised $50,000 to start MFC.
 
Wed
01
Feb

Lucy and the Football

By Stephen Waguespack

Wed
25
Jan

Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell
 
The brick Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot stands empty and silent on the west side of the railroad tracks a short distance south of Polk Street. The area has not always been empty and silent though. Eight in the morning of April 8, 1864 the site was a place of great activity and excitements. The Confederate troops, facing one on the last and most important battles of the Civil War were being issued ammunition for the battle to save Shreveport, the Capitol of Louisiana and the entry into Texas.
 
Wed
25
Jan

The Hunt is On

By Stephen Waguespack

Wed
18
Jan

Did you know?

By Raymond  Powell

 

Wed
18
Jan

Government's Kodak Moment

By Stephen Waguespack

Our society changes so fast, that sometimes, we don’t even recognize the scale of the evolution while it is happening all around us. Want to find out what is going on in the world? The days of rushing to your doorstep to grab that morning paper and then waiting for Walter Cronkite/Dan Rather/Tom Brokaw/Ted Koppel to update you on television at 6 pm is long gone. It was replaced by 24/7 news channels which have now evolved into 24/7 political entertainment channels while they try to fight off news delivery platforms like Facebook and Twitter..

 

Wed
11
Jan

Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell
 
Every four years, following the presidential election, the nation holds an inauguration to install the president. January 20 at noon outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. is the usual place for the ceremony. Of course, the highlight comes when the president elect takes the oath of Office. Every president since George Washington has taken the exact same oath. The Constitution (Article II Sec. 1) states the words that must be recited:
 
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Wed
11
Jan

Keeping Louisiana Competitive

By Stephen Waguespack

 

Louisiana’s erratic tax system places us at a perennial disadvantage when in competition to attract business investment and development. For decades now, the Legislature has haphazardly patched our state’s tax structure with “fixes” in efforts to balance it against the better systems of our competitors, but these “fixes” have come at a cost. Now, thanks to a continually expanding global marketplace, technological advancements and a vastly unstable tax system, manufacturers in Louisiana are reevaluating their investment.

 

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