NEWS: Blanco traveling to woo insurers to La.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco flew to California on Sunday to urge a large group of high-level insurance executives to come to Louisiana to write policies, and to explain to the computer modeling companies that make the projections that insurers use to set rates why their forecasts are too harsh and are hurting Louisiana.
OPINION: Governor yields economic development successes
So much has been written negatively about our Gov. Kathleen Blanco that it is unfortunate we do not occasionally hear something good. If the media is not careful, then it may not even look for the positive things that our governor is achieving for Louisiana.
EDITORIAL: Blanco plays key role in economic development
Louisiana is definitely in the running for what is seen as the largest single economic development project in the U.S.
The Kuwaiti government is considering the construction of a refinery in the state. The investment could run higher than $4 billion; hundreds of construction jobs would be created, and there would be hundreds of high-paying permanent jobs available after completion.
EDITORIAL: A victory won for state's coast
The campaign to save Louisiana's coast is being waged on many fronts, and it won't be won in a single battle. But each incremental victory helps, and on that score, we're gratified by Gov. Kathleen Blanco's recent success in a lawsuit against the federal government concerning the sale of oil and gas leases off Louisiana's coast.
EDITORIAL: Playing hardball works out for La.
Blanco's decision to play hardball with the federal government paid off in seeking to hold up offshore leases until the federal government followed the law and conducted comprehensive environmental assessments.
The settlement of the lawsuit mere weeks before trial requires the impact statement to take into account "the changed landscape of Louisiana due to the 2005 storm season and the cumulative impacts" of offshore oil drilling. Even before Katrina and Rita hit the state had been working to get Washington's attention on why it needed an infusion of federal dollars both to protect a key national energy platform, but an important breeding ground for the seafood industry. The 2005 hurricane season vividly illustrated what happens with the loss of miles of marshlands that could have blunted the surges of Katrina and Rita. And when the storms passed, the coast had lost another 200 miles of wetland in 2005, instead of the usual 20.
In noting the New York Times endorsement of more royalties, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said time was growing short
EDITORIAL: Our View: Big developments are improving the state's big picture
Every now and then, it's healthy to pull back from the day-to-day business and take a look at the bigger picture -- the view from 30,000 feet.
That's worth doing today, as we consider a number of exciting things taking place in Louisiana.
You know the headlines for Central Louisiana. They are big, and there are lots of them.
Because there's so much going on, some locals sound like they've got a mouthful of alphabet soup when they refer to the projects:
UTC, ROM, P&G, PPP, IPC, STUSA, RRMC, CSFC, CLECO, AEX, 28E, 28W, JRTC, LSUA, LC, LTC, LCRP.
You get the idea. With a few notable exceptions (can you say "McKesson"?), the headlines in Cenla are positive. That alphabet soup refers to the top tier of additions, expansions and new directions taking place in our region: