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Wed
27
May

A Taxing Effort

Last Thursday was quite a taxing day in the Louisiana Legislature. Not in the sense of being long and tiresome, rather, it was taxing in the sense that many votes were taken to raise your taxes. On May 7, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted repeatedly to raise taxes on employers and individuals by $664 million in 11 different bills.
 
Wed
20
May

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to all those who gave a donation during Tuesday, May 5’s, 24-hour “Give For Good” challenge. Although we did not make our goal, the Foundation received gifts from 58 donors for a total of just over $6,000, which will go toward renovations for the new clinic in Logansport.
 

 

Wed
20
May

50 Years is Long Enough

Should government collect membership dues for a private lobbying organization? Imagine the reaction from journalists across the country if the law required the government to collect membership dues from public employee gun owners and distribute those dollars to the National Rifle Association? What if National Right to Life or Planned Parenthood also benefitted from a special law requiring the government to collect their dues from public employees?
 
 
Tue
12
May

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor and Friends,On behalf of the Historic GrandCane Association, DeSoto ArtsCouncil and DeSoto Parish TouristBureau, sponsors of the recent ARTROCKS 2015 Art Fest, I would liketo thank the Mansfield Enterpriseand all of those individuals andbusinesses that purchased ads topromote our event.

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Tue
12
May

A Reputation in the Balance

A good reputation is hard to earn,but often easy to lose. A badreputation is the exact opposite. Over time, Louisiana has earneda national reputation as a state witha poor legal climate. Sensible andfair-minded people may disagree asto whether or not that reputation isjust, but regardless of your opinionon that question, there is no doubthow the nation sees us.

 

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Wed
06
May

The Numbers Game

By Stephen Waguespack
 
If the old saying is true that the numbers don’t lie, then the story of this year’s legislative session is quantifiably easy to tell. The 144 members of the Louisiana Legislature face a $1.6 billion governmental operating deficit this session. The governor enters his eighth and final year, which means Louisiana will have a new leader in 2016.
 
Wed
29
Apr

Working on the Water

By Stephen Waguespack
 
If the old saying is true that the numbers don’t lie, then the story of this year’s legislative session is quantifiably easy to tell. The 144 members of the Louisiana Legislature face a $1.6 billion governmental operating deficit this session. The governor enters his eighth and final year, which means Louisiana will have a new leader in 2016.
 
Wed
22
Apr

Working on the Water

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Louisiana’s residents have always enjoyed having fun on the water in the Sportsman’s Paradise, but a new study shows that more of our people can enjoy a successful career on it also. Louisiana recently ranked No. 1 in export intensity and export growth among the 50 states, sending an estimated $59 billion in goods abroad in 2014. Much of this commerce is taking place on Louisiana’s waterways.
 
Wed
15
Apr

College and Industry Partnerships are Stronger than Ever

Stephen Waguespack
To meet the demands of a growing economy, Louisiana has a record number of jobs and workers. Economists estimate more than 75,000 jobs will need to be filled annually in Louisiana over the next ten years, of which 25,000 are new jobs every year. While the industrial boom dominates the headlines, growth is also occurring in new sectors such as technology and health care. In fact, even as low crude prices are resulting in declines in oil and gas employment, Louisiana continues to post job gains overall due to growth in so many areas.
 

 

Wed
08
Apr

Clear As Day

It was a chamber of commerceweather weekend.All throughout Louisiana, thesunshine, nice temperatures and clearskies replaced the rain that had saturatedmost of the state over the last fewweeks. It was a great weekend to getoutdoors, work in the yard, eat your firstcrawfish of the spring or play a littleball. My wife and I kept the kids outsideall weekend, soaking it in. We evenvisited downtown Baton Rouge to walkaround the riverfront and hang out onthe State Capitol grounds.

 

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