Columns

Wed
25
May

The Other Side of the Story

By Stephen Waguespack

 

These are challenging times for many in Louisiana, including our employers. The state budget deficit has dominated the headlines for months, with several articles unfairly targeting the private sector to shoulder most of the blame for public sector spending trends.
 
Wed
18
May

Reputations and Rankings

By Stephen Waguespack

Wed
18
May

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard

Wed
11
May

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard

Wed
11
May

June is Too Soon

By Stephen Waguespack

Here we go again. This week, the drumbeat is ramping up for yet another special session to be held in June to increase yet another round of taxes. As a reminder, this will be the third session in the past 12 months where raising taxes is the primary agenda item.
 
Wed
04
May

Jobs Worth Saving

by Stephen Waguespack 

Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise outfitted with world-renowned hunting, fishing and countless other outdoor pastimes. Our people clearly understand how fortunate we are to have this bounty of recreational treasures at our fingertips and go to great lengths to appropriately utilize and protect this gift each and every year. At the same time, we are proudly a “working coast” and many Louisianans head to work every day to help find, produce, manufacture and distribute the energy that fuel’s our nation’s economy. For years in Louisiana, sons and daughters have routinely entered the same industry that employed their parents and grandparents in generations past. It is a tradition we wear on our sleeve as a badge of honor.

Wed
04
May

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 

Wed
27
Apr

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard
 
Overheard in a doctor’s office: Two ladies, apparently waiting to register and then wait and wait and wait were not happy campers and were rather vocal about the situation. One complained that she had to fill out five forms and had been there in late December and this was now the first of the year.
 
Wed
27
Apr

Ready for a New Story

By Stephen Waguespack
 
And the hits just keep on coming. Employers in Louisiana have felt the pinch over the last year of an economy in recession, billions of dollars in more state taxes and a host of new mandates proposed that will make it even harder to compete. Sagging oil prices saddle our producers and service companies with more debt than income and this year’s ramp up in Obamacare penalties will put many small to mid-size businesses in an audit trap thanks to a cumbersome maze of new reporting requirements.
 
Wed
20
Apr

Thank You, Mr. Steimel

By Stephen Waguespack

This week, Edward J. “Ed” Steimel passed away at the age of 94. While his name may seem unfamiliar to some; he was well known to many in the arena of Louisiana politics and his contributions to our state for several decades were plentiful and impactful.
 

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