Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Could anti-tax sentiment in Lafayette deal a blow to our already dilapidated school facilities? You betcha! By Walter Pierce
Get ready for the tea to come to a boil, and it could be Lafayette’s public school children who get scalded.
It’s no secret that our public school buildings are in piss-poor condition. Most need repairs, some of them major, and several need to be razed and replaced. That costs money, and money for public schools is generated through taxes.
Wednesday, Apirl 6, 2011
Like tax havens in the Caribbean, property classifications allow often wealthy landowners to dodge their fair share.
In the recent annals of irony, few stand out more than the genesis for this week’s cover story about Lafayette landowners skirting what is arguably their fair share of taxes: the TEA Party of Lafayette, TEA being an acronym for “taxed enough already.”
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Readers slammed us for slamming Rep. Rickey Hardy’s embrace of what we’re officially dubbing ‘the piss poor proposal.’
We gave state Rep. Rickey Hardy, D-Lafayette, a drubbing last week in Pooyie! — labeling him that week’s Couillon with a capital C — for supporting a proposed bill to require recipients of state welfare to undergo drug tests. The bill by Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, failed in last year’s session and, we hope, will meet the same fate this year.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We may not be quite there yet, but Lafayette is nearing a sustainable, self-perpetuating state of just right.
When I moved back from New Orleans in 1987, Lafayette was a different city than it is today. I had been away four years and little had changed. Actually it was worse. Downtown was a stock character in a movie called malaise, Jefferson Street a one-way from Lee Avenue to the underpass — a means of passing through, of getting to the thruway and getting the hell out of town. Vacant buildings prevailed.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The governor is leaning on one-time dollars, contingencies and state employees to balance the budget.
At first blush, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s $24.9 billion budget is giving even members of his own party the willies. “This thing is scaring me,” Rep. Joe Harrison Jr., R-Napoleonville, told The Times-Picayune shortly after the administration unveiled it Friday. “Did Stephen King write it?”
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