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Bare majorities of the House of Representatives and Senate gathered at the Capitol in Baton Rouge Tuesday for just one day in order to beat the March 31 deadline to file legislation for state lawmakers to entertain in this year’s regular session. The Legislature had shut down the session in …

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When lawmakers returned to the Capitol Tuesday to reconvene before Ince again temporarily adjourning, Senate President Page Cortez of Lafayette told his colleagues that the regular session had taken on a “fluid nature.” He said fiscal estimates have “become more difficult” and urged senators…

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Government intervention in the labor market typically has two effects. One is intended. The other unintended. The federal government first mandated a minimum wage during the Great Depression which over the years has been raised to help workers cope with higher consumer prices.

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What a difference only a few days can make in our lives! Four weeks ago, the economy was humming along at an unprecedented pace, the stock market was racing to new highs and there was generally a good optimism everywhere. We were waiting for March Madness to kick off, a new baseball season t…

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The United States has now become the world leader in a rather unfortunate category with the largest number of coronavirus victims. This is due to the vast expansion of tests that have been made available in the United States. In contrast, the reports out of China cannot be trusted.  

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Ever since the coronavirus became a household word and the American people started to worry about its tremendous impact, President Donald Trump and his task force have held daily media briefings. At these events, the President will usually make an announcement and then introduce members of h…

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The Chinese virus or Wuhan virus or coronavirus or COVID-19 or whatever you care to call it has brought the U.S. economy to its knees while the number of people infected with the disease mounts and death tolls continue to rise.

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As Gov. John Bel Edwards endorsed a sweeping proclamation last week that temporarily shuttered public schools and postponed elections, and as legislators voted to pause their ongoing regular session, government relations professionals and lobbyists — just like the rest of us — were left wond…

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Well, that didn’t work. The Federal Reserve on Sunday went all in with its 2008 bag of monetary tricks, and financial markets continued their stampede like frightened cattle. Someone has to turn the herd, and that will take new tools and better leadership than Washington is now providing.

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There is one program currently available that provides substantial financial relief to any Louisiana worker on layoff due to the constraints which various local, state, and federal officials have put in place to address the coronavirus pandemic that requires no new legislation, no executive …

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On Friday, President Donald Trump officially called a national emergency to deal with the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. This is the latest in a series of escalating steps that have been taken to deal with the ongoing crisis.

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I sit here in the security of my home while the world appears to be spinning out of control. Schools, universities, churches, restaurants, businesses are closing as fear of the next generation virus explodes all over the world.

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