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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Louisiana lags in technology
When it comes to "smokestack chasing," Louisiana is still at the top of the list, according to a new report released by The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation and sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Unfortunately, when it comes to pursuing new knowledge-based economic models, we're being left in the dust.

Louisiana ranks No. 44 - only ahead of Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, South Dakota, Mississippi, and West Virginia. The 2007 State New Economy Index, follows up on its two previous reports issued in 1999 and 2002, using 26 indicators to assess how states are transforming from industrial economic models. (The PDF of the report is 92 pages long and 18 MBs.)

Iberia audit becomes official today
The final version of a state audit investigating Iberia Parish President Will Langlinais should be in the hands of the Iberia Parish Council, District Attorney Phil Haney, attorney Shane Romero, who is part of the investigation, and Langlinais by the time the council meets at 6 p.m. tonight. The audit, requested by Iberia Parish Councilman Bernard Broussard in April of last year, should address what Broussard says are "questionable contractual arrangements" between Langlinias and Romero, son of term-limited New Iberia state Rep. Errol "Romo" Romero. Shane Romero is running for his father's seat. If the audit reveals activities in violation of the parish's Home Rule Charter, Broussard says, "I will ask that the council do what we need to do uphold the charter. If that means impeachment or sanctions to reclaim funds owed the public, so be it."

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