Jim Beam

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The residents of Calcasieu Parish who responded to a recent Police Jury survey made it clear their No. 1 interest is a better quality of life. That should come as no surprise to public officials at all levels of government. Who doesn’t want that, but how do we get there?

Republican hard liners in the Louisiana Legislature have been quick to criticize Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards as a tax-and-spend liberal. Their constant attacks since Edwards took office in 2016 conveniently ignore the disastrous state financial situation left by the Gov. Bobby Jindal ad… Read more

Louisiana will begin collecting internet sales taxes Jan. 1, 2019, but the complexity of its state and local sales tax systems could cause future legal problems. The decision to begin collecting those taxes comes following a June 23 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a 1992 high cou… Read more

The legislative gridlock that has hampered progress in Louisiana for nearly a decade was finally broken when lawmakers agreed to levy a higher state sales tax that replaces a temporary 1 percent tax increase that expires Saturday. Rather than reverting to the previous 4 percent tax, the high… Read more

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