Jeremy Harper

I am a Baton Rouge-based writer, editor and designer with 15 years of experience in journalism, including eight years as a full-time reporter for daily newspapers and nearly two years as executive editor of a weekly magazine.

My design work includes editorial and commercial projects for both online and print. You can reach me at jeremymharper@gmail.com. 

12 bills to watch in the Louisiana legislative session

State lawmakers will consider dozens of controversial bills starting this week — amidst an unprecedented fiscal calamity and under the watch of a new governor Louisiana's multi-billion-dollar budget hole and looming cuts to universities and hospitals will dominate the headlines during the regular legislative session that kicks off this week (Monday, March 14), but as usual there will be plenty of other hot-button issues in the marbled halls of the state Capitol. More than 1,200 bills were pref

Your email inbox is out of control. These 5 tools will help

Your email inbox is out of control. These 5 tools will help One of these solutions may be just the thing to tame the beast. With great power comes great responsibility—and that responsibility is often accompanied by an endless barrage of emails. The average worker spends an estimated 28% of the workweek managing email, according to a recent study. That share of the day can grow even larger for senior business leaders as they manage a busy workforce by way of their inboxes. The near ubiquitous

Your company’s bad CEO may be influencing your work more than you think

Your company’s bad CEO may be influencing your work more than you think A new study shows that the impact of bad leadership is pretty far reaching. Here's how to protect yourself. No one doubts that a company’s leadership can shape its fortunes over the long term, but researchers have recently found that CEO behavior can also alter the company’s culture and prospects in some surprising ways. A study just published in the Nankai Business Review International looked at CEO and top management tea

Chabert Medical Center emerges as big winner in state budget bill

BATON ROUGE – Houma's Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center emerged on more solid financial ground in the latest version of the state budget passed out of the Senate today. Details on the new financing structure are still coming into focus but state officials said a deal moving forward would restructure the way the hospital is financed by leveraging local and state money to draw down more federal dollars. State Sen. Norby Chabert, whose father is the namesake for the hospital that opened in 1978,

Local lawmakers support change to TOPS scholarship program

BATON ROUGE – The popular TOPS scholarship awards would be reduced equally for all college students if the tate fails to fully finance the program under legislation approved today by the House of Representatives. The vote on Senate Bill 470 by Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, was the latest step in a back-and-forth debate over how to pay for the growing scholarship program for Louisiana graduates as the state stares down a $600 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. The Hous

After 18 Years, Mary Landrieu Reaches The End of the Line

On Friday afternoon U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu stepped into the upstairs bar at a downtown Baton Rouge restaurant to raucous cheers from a group of about 100 supporters. Her voice hoarse from a string of last-minute campaign stops across the state, the New Orleans Democrat delivered a brief but fiery speech that focused almost entirely on Congressman Bill Cassidy’s hospital payroll controversy. The campaign had turned most of its attention to the late-breaking issue in the final week of the campai

Landrieu’s Three Senate Victories By Parish

If current polling trends hold, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s path to a fourth term is extraordinarily narrow, although she is clinging to a slight advantage in the race as an incumbent and chairwoman. Open primary polls consistently show Landrieu falling short of a majority needed to avoid a December runoff, while recent polling of runoff scenarios between the New Orleans Democrat and Congressman Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, show a tight race within or near the margin of error. This will not

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy is a prolific fundraiser. But some of his most generous donors are those who broker multimillion-dollar financing deals before the Louisiana Bond Commission he chairs.

In the campaign commercial released this summer, a high-school-age John Neely Kennedy rambles down a tree-lined dirt road in a sea green vintage Ford pickup truck. Over scenes of a young man unloading lumber and artful shots of the state capitol, the longtime state treasurer waxes poetically about his Zachary roots, his good-government approach and his often-brash style. “I don’t try to be rude, but I speak my mind,” Kennedy says in an earnest tone. “I like to see your money spent right. I’m no

The Louisiana budget fight reaches a crescendo in the final days of the session

The final days of the 2015 legislative session promise to be packed with drama as lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration work to broker a budget deal before the June 11 session close. The Legislature has been moving steadily toward approving a package of revenue-raising bills to plug part of the state’s $1.6 billion budget shortfall and avoid deep cuts to higher education and health care, but the threat of a Jindal veto looms large if lawmakers fail to pass corresponding offsets to ma