Norby Chabert

courtesy: CPRA

"“This is going to be the most money we’ve spent, right?" asked state Senator Norby Chabert of Houma.

"Yes, sir," CPRA executive director Mike Ellis replied, with a smile.

"The most money spent, in the history of this state, on construction," Chabert added, for emphasis.

"You are correct," Ellis confirmed.

Sue Lincoln

Have you ever been on a strict diet, counting every calorie, journaling every bite you take? For lawmakers, the state budget process has been like that for quite some time.

But now legislators are being told: “The confidence that we are going to end last year in a surplus is there.”


LA Dept. of Economic Development

“Everyone in local government says, ‘Let me take care of myself,’ because we took away their tax base -- and it has been going on for years,” Robert Adley, the governor’s representative to the Board of Commerce and Industry, says. “That’s what this is really about.”

“This” is the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, also known as ITEP.