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Louisiana never had a governor who cared for children more than Kathleen Blanco

By Robert Mann You can tell a lot about people — especially public officials — by how they behave around children. I’m thinking about the baby-kissing politicians who pretend to care but lose all concern for the kids when the … Continue reading

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I worked for the governor of Louisiana during Katrina. Here are 5 things I learned

I published a piece on Vox.com today about some of the lessons I learned from Hurricane Katrina while working for Gov. Kathleen Blanco. I thought I would share the link with you here: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/20/9176225/hurricane-katrina-government -Bob Mann

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Former Louisiana budget director to next governor: ‘You are walking into a fiscal nightmare’

By Stephen Winham “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure” – attributed to Mark Twain (and others) Every day we are bombarded with numbers about our state and its finances. We are told one day there is a $1.6 billion structural … Continue reading

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Jindal aide’s defense of ice waste scandal: it was Blanco’s fault

By Robert Mann The verdict is in about who to blame for Ice Capades — the episode reported last week by the New Orleans Times-Picayune | NOLA.com in which Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s administration spent more than $17 million on ice … Continue reading

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Dan Juneau: Property Tax Reform Moving Backward, Not Forward

By Dan Juneau President, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint … Continue reading

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They can’t handle the truth: Why the LSU Board won’t let Fred Cerise testify before the Legislature

By Robert Mann If Louisiana’s Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee wanted to learn more about the consequences of privatizing the state’s charity hospitals, it could not find a more knowledgeable and experienced witness than Dr. Fred Cerise. Which, of course, … Continue reading

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Bobby Jindal’s popularity sinkhole (and what it has to do with the real Louisiana sinkhole)

By Robert Mann Two polls in recent months provide compelling evidence that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s once-stratospheric popularly has lost considerable altitude. Perhaps it’s too much to say that Jindal’s governorship is in a nosedive, but if he were an airplane, … Continue reading

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