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Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: The multimillion-dollar question facing Baton Rouge’s most ambitious plans

It’s been nearly a year since a study on the feasibility of building a new Baton Rouge Zoo put the estimated cost at $110...

Gov. Edwards’ plan to fill a $304M budget gap faces an uncertain fate

The Louisiana Legislature convened on Feb. 13 for a 10-day special session to address the state’s $304 million midyear budget gap, but it remained...

‘Business Report’ Publisher: Schools and government need disruption

Some things seem pretty evident to anyone in business or just observing the world we live in. “Disruption” seems to rule the day. Wikipedia...
Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: The face of Syrian refugees in Baton Rouge

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a new family that has relocated to Baton Rouge. They don’t have a lot of money and...

Martin: A tale of two states

Over the past decade I have had the honor—and occasionally the frustration—of working in higher education in two states, Louisiana and Colorado. It has...

‘Business Report’ Publisher: Council on Aging model should be retired

You just have to wonder sometimes if the public pays more attention to their Facebook accounts or football teams than they do their government....
Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: Jindal-era economic deal doesn’t live up to billing

When Louisiana Economic Development was trying to woo GE Capital to Louisiana in 2013 to open a technology center in downtown New Orleans, it...

Top heavy: TOPS has increased fivefold since its inception in 1998

The cost of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students has increased fivefold since its inception. In 1998, about 24,000 students benefited from the financial...

‘Business Report’ Publisher: Taxpayers get angry at government waste

Whether it is dealing with a job loss, no raise, a struggling small business or the loss from a flood, having to make ends...
Stephanie Riegel

Riegel: FEMA failures and flaws

While most of us were enjoying the recent holidays from the comfort of our own homes—or, at least, those of our relatives or friends—some...

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