Consolidating police agencies

He called for a 6.5 percent state severance tax on natural gas production and again, an increase in the state minimum wage for workers — this time from .25 an hour to an hour.

The governor and lawmakers face a 6 million revenue shortfall in the current fiscal 2016-17 budget, and an overall budget deficit of nearly billion when increases in public pension and human services costs are factored in and the disappearance of one-time revenue sources are accounted for.

Activists across the country report increasing government harassment and disruption of their work: -In the Southwest, paid informers infiltrate the church services, Bible classes and support networks of clergy and lay workers giving sanctuary to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala.

-In Alabama, elderly Black people attempting for the first time to exercise their right to vote are interrogated by FBI agents and hauled before federal grand juries hundreds of miles from their homes.

-Throughout the country, people attempting to see Nicaragua for themselves find their trips disrupted, their private papers confiscated, and their homes and offices plagued by FBI agents who demand detailed personal and political information.

These kinds of government tactics violate our fundamental constitutional rights.

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority executive director Richard Murray, at a press conference announcing East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's acceptance of the federal government’s 'Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness,' Wednesday at the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority is requesting proposals for a plan to guide the redevelopment and future use of old Entergy site at Government between South 15th to 17th Streets.

-The FBI puts the same "terrorist" label on opponents of US intervention in El Salvador, but refuses to investigate the possibility of a political conspiracy behind nation-wide bombings of abortion clinics.

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