LaPolitics by Maginnis: Bernhard in running for Energy post; PAR forms advisory group on tax reform
Having sold The Shaw Group, Baton Rouge businessman Jim Bernhard might be on his way to Washington, D.C., to be the next secretary of the Department of Energy. According to two sources, Bernhard, a leading contributor to Democrats, is said to be awaiting a call from Vice President Joe Biden, with whom he is close. One source says Bernhard is "in the mix" for the Energy job and would take it if offered. Other energy company executives are said to be under consideration, too.
—When any governor talks about changing the tax code, the Public Affairs Research Council will have something to say about it. With Gov. Bobby Jindal putting tax reform atop his agenda for the next legislative session, PAR has formed an advisory group to "advise and give insights," according to the council's president, Robert Scott. He and LSU economist Jim Richardson will co-chair the advisory group, which held its first meeting last week. It includes three former commissioners of administration—Angele Davis, Mark Drennen (a former PAR president) and Jerry Luke LeBlanc—as well as economists, business leaders, tax law attorneys, former Department of Revenue officials and principals in major accounting firms.
They said it: "Don't write anything that would embarrass you on the front page of the paper." —LSU Board of Supervisors attorney Shelby McKenzie, cautioning board members against electronic communications involving the search for a new president, in The Advocate
(John Maginnis publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com.)
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