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Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: A moment of truth for the business community

About this time last year, many—though not all—of the Capital Region’s business leaders and organizations came out in support of a proposed gasoline tax...

Publisher: LSU: Louisiana’s franchise player

In pro sports, a franchise player is the best player on the team. Someone who leadership builds their franchise around to win in the...

Publisher: The Louisiana budget war has begun—again

When Gov. John Bel Edwards presented his budget, he claimed he had already cut $600 million since he took office. State Sen. Sharon Hewitt...
Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: Realities of the Louisiana budget situation

The state’s current budget situation—as much as a $1 billion revenue shortfall come July 1—is troubling, not in the least because lawmakers have known...
JR Ball

JR Ball: The brutal Baton Rouge truth according to Jim Bernhard

God bless Jim Bernhard for having some serious chutzpah. The driving force behind Shaw Group becoming a Fortune 500 company and the guy launching another...
JR Ball

JR Ball: The TOPS of Louisiana’s political pyramid

TOPS is the most important entitlement program in Louisiana. We know this because every year when Gov. John Bel Edwards and state House Republicans...
Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: Bayou Café owner Frank Brown is making a difference in north Baton Rouge

Recently, I wrote a Daily Report story about a new social enterprise being launched by Frank Brown, the longtime owner and executive chef of...

Publisher: Governor, it’s decision time on Louisiana’s ‘fiscal cliff’

After raising temporary taxes and given time to find solutions, two years later Louisiana is back to another showdown on the “fiscal cliff” with...

Learning from the past: GO Zone initiatives could again help Baton Rouge

With much of New Orleans swamped by floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina, the use of GO Zone financing helped rebuild the city. (Photo by Liz...
JR Ball

JR Ball: Baton Rouge property tax bills get scrooged

There’s a bounty of reasons to love the Christmas and holiday season but, for me, it’s the tradition of it all. The semi-freshly cut...

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