Commentary: Two Perspectives on the Budget Deficit (And One is Wrong)

By Jamison Beuerman
A report by the Louisiana Budget Project on the state’s budget deficit, and a subsequent rebuttal by Professor Jeffrey Sadow, illuminates the fundamental differences between progressive and conservative economic philosophies. Edward Ashworth of the LBP blames middle-upper class tax breaks for a giant drop in state revenues, which in turn has forced a drop in...

TAGS: Edward Ashworth, Jeffrey Sadow, Louisiana Budget Project

Commentary: Finding a Middle Ground on Traffic Cameras

By Jamison Beuerman
The State Legislature has essentially killed a bill that would have done away with the much-maligned red light/traffic cameras. House Bill 160 byRep. Jeff Arnold (D-Algiers) was the first of five which sought to either eliminate or place restrictions on the implementation of these cameras. While proponents of the cameras have repeated the chorus that...

TAGS: Jeff Arnold, Jeffrey Sadow, State Legislature, Traffic Cameras

Commentary: Grading the Teachers on Student Performance

By Jamison Beuerman
A promising new bill introduced into the Louisiana State Legislature aims to hold public school teachers accountable for classroom progress. House Bill 1033 (introduced by Rep. Frank Hoffman) “would require annual evaluations for teachers starting in the fall of 2011, and pave the way for their dismissal if they fail repeated reviews.” If properly implemented...

TAGS: Education Reform, Frank Hoffman, HB 1033, Jeffrey Sadow, Louisiana Legislature

Commentary: New Bill Aims to Stop Law Clinics from Biting the Hand that Feeds

By Jamison Beuerman
A new bill introduced into the Louisiana State Legislature by Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) and backed by the Louisiana Chemical Association seeks to prevent law clinics that receive state money from “suing government agencies, suing individuals and businesses for financial damages or raising most constitutional challenges.” The introduction of this bill arises mainly in response...

TAGS: City Journal, Heather MacDonald, Jeffrey Sadow, Louisiana Chemical Association, Robert Adley, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic