North Ascension voters lead way to passage of Animal Shelter tax

The voting precincts corresponding to Ascension’s northernmost Parish Council districts led the way in approval of Saturday’s 1-mill property tax assessment to fund an Animal Shelter.  Districts 4, 5, 7, and 11 are home to a higher percentage of newly-arrived residents, less familiar to Ascension-style politics than we old-timers.  Voters in those districts accounted for […]

Chamber of Commerce supports Hotel Occupancy Tax

On behalf of our 2018 Board of Directors, I am writing to express the Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s support for the proposed 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax increase for the City of Gonzales. We recognize that the additional 2% would take the overall lodging tax to 13.5% bringing Gonzales closer in line with neighboring cities, Baton […]

Ascension’s worst expenditures of 2018

Dubbed “a big stinky pile” by Parish Council Chairman Bill Dawson, your $306,200 taxpayer bailout of Ascension Wastewater Treatment has to be among the worst expenditures in a year replete with waste and dispensation of political patronage on a scale heretofore unseen in the parish…and that is saying something.  Let’s begin with the few positives. […]

7 Ways to Cut Costs of Going to College

By: Globexitsolutions What is the most difficult thing about being a college student? It’s taking care of your finances! Students have to make tough choices. To make sure you keep making the right choices, we are giving you the following saving tips! The Basic Amenities When you are living away from home, there are a […]

Graves on High Court’s protection of private property rights in Louisiana

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) issued a statement today regarding the Supreme Court of the United States’ unanimous rejection of an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restrict the use of private property in Louisiana due to endangered species protection – though the property contains no actual endangered species. Landowners challenged […]

What happens when an irresistible force meets another irresistible force? Traffic

What happens when an irresistible force is on a collision course with another irresistible force?  In the case of two trains heading in opposite directions on one track; immovable objects (including a couple of hundred temporarily immobile cars on several Gonzales city streets. According to Police Chief Sherman Jackson, a late arrival to Monday’s Gonzales […]

Area hotels oppose the new 2% Gonzales Hotel Sales Tax

Hotels in Ascension Parish are taking an active against the City of Gonzales proposal to add an additional 2% occupancy tax to local hotels. According to various hotel members of Ascension Lodging, the new tax is bad for tourism, bad for business and bad for Gonzales. The proposed tax is estimated to raise $500,000 for […]

Four Louisiana metro areas among worst 38 poverty areas in the nation

November 20, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) H24/7 WALL STREET, that independent service that publishes a multitude of surveys each day, has published a list of 38 metropolitan areas in the U.S. which have the highest poverty rates. Four Louisiana metro areas made the list, ranging from 10th to 37th poorest. New Orleans was not on the […]

Jeff “the Vulture” Landry swoops in for credit in Vermilion School Board “Open Meetings” violation case

November 20, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) A state district court last week knocked down action taken by the Vermilion Parish School Board for violations of the state’s Open Meetings Law. In what must surely be a first, I find myself in agreement with Attorney General Jeff Landry on the whole affair. Suffice it to […]

Vermilion ruling a “Victory for Teachers, Public” declares Jeff Landry

AG Landry Pledges Continued Enforcement of Open Meetings Law  BATON ROUGE, LA – A district court late last week ruled in favor of Attorney General Jeff Landry when determining the Vermilion Parish School Board violated Louisiana’s Open Meeting Law for removing teacher Deyshia Hargrave from a meeting after she criticized the district superintendent’s pay raise. In […]