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Sun Always Shining on
by DL Stokelorn
the episodes that stand out as senator H. neil riser's forma-
tive moments is a sideline exchange with his position coach, the late W. Fox
McKeithen, as Caldwell parish High was locked in a battle against football
powerhouse richwood High school. Caldwell parish was trailing, but the
score was close and a defensive stop would keep the game in reach. during a
timeout, riser, a senior linebacker who led the defensive huddle, turned to
McKeithen for the next play.
"every dollar in which the
price of oil goes up or
down makes $12.5 million
worth of difference to the
state. When the price of oil
falls, rigs start stacking.
Companies fulfill their
contractual obligations and
then the layoffs start."
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McKeithen was among a select few
who often called Riser by his first name,
Hartwell, and he did so as he put his hand on
Riser's shoulder. "Fox looks at me and says,
'Hartwell, I'll tell you what we are going to
do,'" he recounts.
Except McKeithen remained silent for
a time, and as the moment stretched out,
Riser's teammates began to huddle up on
the field without him. For a moment, he
turned his gaze away from the teammates
who were desperately motioning for him to
join them on the field and his eyes met those
of McKeithen, who gave his young charge a
surprisingly simple strategy.
"He says, 'You go back out there and do
what you think is right.'"
Riser can't remember what he called
("Probably a blitz or a stunt,") nor can he
recall the outcome of the play that immediately followed ("We ended up getting beat,
but it wasn't because of that drive; we just
didn't score anymore,") but McKeithen's sage
advice in an intense moment always stuck
Whether it has been during family life
with his wife, Vicki, and daughters, Emilie and
Allison; his work as a timber hand and then
as a business owner; or in the halls and the
floor of the Louisiana Senate; Riser continues
to call to mind the straightforward words of
McKeithen - who himself would precede Riser
into politics and eventually serve five terms
as Louisiana Secretary of State.
do What you think is right
"I have thought about that at some key
moments," he says. "It's true."
Of course, the right public policy call
can be even tougher to discern than a play
on the gridiron. For a legislator in a state
that has faced some dire fiscal straits in
recent years, Riser acknowledges that, no
matter the direction he and other policymakers choose, many voices will protest.
From the appropriations end of things, much
of Louisiana's budget is constitutionally
predetermined, which ties lawmakers' hands
but also shields them from difficult choices.
"As soon as we start talking about
touching dedications, each group speaks
up about its portion of the pie," Riser says.
"Going through that will force us to make
some tough decisions.
The same is true from the revenue end,
he advises, which means Louisiana needs
to tackle comprehensive, long-term tax
reform, a project likely to spread itself over
more than a single session.
"We have tax credits and rebates that
have been on the books since the 1930s,"
he says. "We have to look at whether those
meet the original legislative intent. In my
mind, those rebates or credits exist to help
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015
North Louisiana Notes
Comments from the Commissioner
From the DNR Secretary’s Desk
From the LDWF Secretary’s Desk
Comments from Congress
Legislator Profile: Senator H. Neil Riser
LOUISIANA GUBERNATORIOL RACE QUIET SO FAR
IT'S LOUISIANA'S FAVORITE SEASON- ELECTION SEASON!
LEGISLATIVE LANES TO VICTORY
LOGPAC ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
THE COTTON VALLEY: A PLAY THAT'S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME
Reflections on the Ever-Changing Oil and Gas Industry
CAMERON LNG NEW LIQUEFACTION FACILITIES A WIN-WIN
Court Watch: A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement
LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW LAW ON DRILLING UNITS
A SUMMER OF ENERGY DISCONTENT IN WASHINGTON DC
WEATHERING THE STROM, FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE
OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUED LAWSUIT REFORM
Leadership Development: EXCELERANT
Workforce Development: Illustrating Industry Support for STEM Education
4th Annual LOGA Sporting Clays
2015 LAGCOE Open Golf Tournament
Oilfield Service Auction Preview
Member Services Spotlight: From Websites to Mobile Apps, Envoc is Making ‘A Better Reality’ for Clients
Petroleum Facts at a Glance
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