A survey by Dr. Tim Ryan, a well respected economist and chancellor at the University of New Orleans, estimates that the Saints franchise generates $180 million yearly to New Orleans and Louisiana's economy. An additional $25 million in taxes from players and employee salaries are collected each year. In 2004 the state paid the Saints $7.1 million due to a shortfall of the designated $15 million to be collected from a hotel-motel tax levied in the New Orleans area. Naming rights for the Louisiana Superdome, which are not yet finalized, could bring an estimated $3 million to help close the gap.
Surely, Ms. Blanco understands the accounting process of not only developing new business, but retaining existing business in our state. Reports of $44 million in incentives were given to Union Tank Co. to relocate from another state to Alexandria. Sometimes, money has to be invested to better ourselves and make a profit.
The repercussions from losing the Saints are endless to everyone in the state. What would we do with an almost vacant Superdome? No Saints, no Superdome, no Super Bowls, and no annual Sugar Bowl. Major league sports bring a professional image to New Orleans and Louisiana. When a company surveys our area to locate a business, having the Saints is a definite plus.
One can make all the goofy jokes about the Saints not being a professional team and make remarks like, "I would rather pull for Jake and Carolina, anyway." But guess who the joke will be on one day if the Saints move to a bigger and hungrier city such as San Antonio, Las Vegas, or the NFL's choice, Los Angeles?
I respectfully request that Gov. Blanco use extreme caution when negotiating. Remember, Saints owner Tom Benson already has a contract in hand. We all must remember one more fact: If the saints leave, the NFL is gone forever in Louisiana.
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.