As this column is being written on March 23, Republican primary voters in Louisiana are preparing to go to the polls to express their choices for the Republican nominee for president. By the time Louisiana has its turn in presidential primaries, the nominee often has already been determined. Though there is a heavy favorite at this point in the race, Louisiana’s primary will have at least some impact this go around.
The 2012 Summer Olympics recently concluded in London and are now consigned to the annals of history. Yet, the awarding of gold, silver and bronze to the best in anything are laurels we all understand and routinely apply. If state unemployment compensation (UC) trust fund solvency were an Olympic event, Louisiana would win a silver medal. This is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the need for Louisiana’s workers and their employers to be assured that this fund will cover increased claims in tough economic times.