To Plan for The Future, Lafayette Does The Math

Oct 30, 2015

Cities all over America are dealing with the unintended effects of "suburban sprawl." That is, development post-World War II that focused on building out , which ultimately resulted in residents abandoning urban cores for the suburbs. Lafayette is working on addressing problems associated with sprawl as part of their comprehensive design plan. They're doing it with the help of Chuck Marohn, president of the nonprofit Strong Towns.  He says cities like Baton Rouge can learn from Lafayette's example. 

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Last session, Louisiana legislators faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. And those shortfalls are expected to continue, even for the next Governor.   "I get calls from legislators probably weekly asking me, so Daryl, what do you see?  Where can we raise some revenue?" says Daryl Purpera, Louisiana’s Legislative Auditor. 

Wallis Watkins

According to the DC-based Tax Foundation, Louisiana’s sales tax structure is the worst in the nation. On Wednesday, The Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission looked at ways to make collecting internet sales tax easier. 


Having garnered just 23-percent of the vote in the primary election, David Vitter has the bigger numerical hill to climb in order to win the November 21st runoff. Yet all together, Republican candidates took home 57-percent of the vote.

“He’s got to pull all that together, and he’s got to get them united,” pollster Bernie Pinsonat says, adding this time, that’s easier said than done.

“Because of the attack ads, his challenge is greater.”

Sue Lincoln

What the heck happened in the governor’s race Saturday night? Dr. Michael Henderson with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab says the runoff matchup really isn’t a surprise.

“I mean, we’ve known for months that this looked like it was going to be Vitter and Edwards,” Henderson told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

“You’ll hear some folks say, ‘Well, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute! Vitter’s numbers were coming down in those closing weeks, and it was tighter than expected.’ Sure, it was tighter than expected maybe five months ago, but it was not tighter than expected given polling results in recent weeks.”