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Louisiana Budget Practices: a brief 30-year history and one scenario for closing the $1.6 billion gap for Fiscal Year 2016

By Stephen Winham (Special to LouisianaVoice)

I became the state budget director in 1988.  Because we had consistently spent more than we had taken in since 1984, we faced a $1 Billion dollar budget and cash flow hole in a budget less than half the size of today’s.  1,080 more words

Governor's Office

Reaching out to politicians about LIS issues

I’m sure many of you saw the distressing news last week: the budget resolution for 2016 released by the U.S. House Budget Committee and then passed by the House of Representatives proposes (among many things) to eliminate federal funding for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS). 1,159 more words

Big Picture

We're coming for your money

Just when you thought is was safe to look at your bank statements again, the governments have other ideas about doing such silliness. You must be slightly out of your head to think that money earned by your sweat should not be yours. 394 more words


Piggy Report

A Contest

LBJ: We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )

Nixon: I am not a crook

GHW Bush: Read my lips – No New Taxes… 355 more words


The Startling Accuracy of Referring to Politicians as 'Psychopaths'

In this presidential election season where, as usual, the fur is flying and name-calling is in full swing, one invective seems to be gaining currency — psychopath. 730 more words

Psychopathic Control Of Society