Final lege tax voting record Saturday, Jun 13 2015 

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Below is how the leges voted on taxes during the 2015 Regular Session.  I can’t say they passed because all did not receive the constitutionally-required 2/3s vote in both houses.  Of course, all lege enactments are presumed legal until contested in the courts.  God help us if nobody contests the votes and allows the lege to raise our taxes in the future by a majority vote.

If these tax increases go uncontested, a constitutional amendment should be proposed for the 2016 Regular Session to rewrite Article VII, Section 2, to clearly spell out that a tax or fee is any legislation that increases revenues.  Any lege willing to step up?

 

2015 REGULAR SESSION TAX VOTES

 

1. HCR8 increased your taxes by *$103 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here. Note: Did not receive 70 votes in House.

2. HB 402 increased your taxes by *$34 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here.

3. HB 218 increased your taxes by *$29 Million. To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here.

4. HB 119 increased your taxes by *$106 Million. To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here.

5. HB805 increased your taxes by *$368 MillionTo see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here.  Note: Did not receive 70 votes in House.

6. HB629 increased your taxes by *$26 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here. Note: Did not receive 70 votes in House.

7. HB624 increased your taxes by *$87 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here. Note: Did not receive 70 votes in House.

8. HB 445 increased your taxes by *$60 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here.

9. HB 635 increased your taxes by *$4.5 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go hereNote: Did not receive 70 votes in House.

10. HB 829 increased your taxes by *$70 Million.  To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here. Note: Did not get 26 votes in Senate.

11.HB 448 increased your taxes by *$22 Million. To see how your Representative voted go here, your Senator go here.

*Fiscal Note as of 8:00 A.M. June 13, 2015 posted on Lege Website.  Lege Staff still trying to verify the numbers.

A “YEA” vote is to increase your taxes.  A “NAY” vote is against raising your Taxes.  “ABSENT” is counted as a NAY vote.   In each case the vote was  taken from the vote on  Conference   Committee Reports as that is the FINAL VOTE.

If you want to make a change in how the leges vote, keep these voting records for when your lege asks for your vote this fall.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill
 

Karma’s a bitch, Waguespack Friday, Jun 12 2015 

Stephen Waguespack

Equally culpable

Often I point out the hypocrisy of politicians.  Now, I point out a lobbyist whose hypocrisy was noted by a politician.

I wondered how long it would take the leges to recognize the complicity of LABI President Stephen Waguespack in pushing our state into a fiscal abyss.  Waguespack was one of Bobby Jindal’s top lackeys for 6 years.  He worked closely with the leges to create the current financial disaster that can only be resolved by higher taxes and reduced services for everyone in Louisiana.

Waguespack is not and cannot be a part of the solution.  As Albert Einstein said: “Significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

Worse, Waguespack remains loyal to Jindal while shamelessly selling-out the members of LABI and the rest of the business community.

Tuesday on the House Floor, Rep. Jeff Arnold called out Waguespack for his rampant hypocrisy.  See the video here.

Karma’s a bitch.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill
 

Senator honors citizens Thursday, Jun 11 2015 

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Sen. Danny Martiny

Monday on the Senate Floor, during the debate on the State Budget, with tongue firmly placed in my cheek, I was honored to be mentioned by Senator Danny Martiny.

In a speech from the Senate podium, Danny recognized many of those of us who attempt to watch over the lege proceedings.  It’s one of the many duties incumbent upon us as citizens of Louisiana.

Martiny became a bit emotional as he recognized us for our good citizenship. Unfortunately, I was the only one Danny mentioned by name.  I’m sure it was not his intent  to slight the others.

As a result of his being overcome by emotion Danny inadvertently called me “DB.”   However, Danny was quickly corrected by the other citizens and he then corrected himself when said he meant “CB.”

It was both gratifying and humbling that the other senators recognized me without Martiny mentioning my surname.

To fully appreciate Danny’s comments please see his remarks in context here:  Senate Chamber video archives.

It is good to know that we are making a difference.

Thank you, Danny, for acknowledging the important role we citizens play in the lege process.  I accept this honor on behalf of all citizen activists in Louisiana.

C.B.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

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