Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:49
Legislative Storm Clouds TOPS over Jindal ?
Written by 

lightning-brTuesday’s Baton Rouge Advocate did not deliver good news to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Does he have a budding revolt on his hands? (In other states, this is known as “legislators thinking for themselves.”)

 Does the small spark of independence we’re seeing portend a difficult legislative session for Jindal this spring?

Here’s why there may be some cause for concern (or celebration, depending on one’s point of view):

In a front-page story about the growing costs of the state’s TOPS program, Jindal’s handpicked House Education Committee chairman, Steve Carter, implies that nothing will change with the state-funded college tuition program until Jindal quits taking orders from the widow of late Louisiana oilman Patrick Taylor.

Here’s how reporter Koran Addo reports it:

Another problem is that TOPS, in its current form, has one very strong supporter in Phyllis M. Taylor, chairwoman of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which supports issues ranging from educational projects to law enforcement causes throughout the state.

House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said Gov. Bobby Jindal won’t support any changes to TOPS unless Phyllis Taylor agrees.

“Ms. Taylor has the ear of the governor,” Carter said, adding that the issue might get more traction when a new governor takes office in January 2016.

“We have to find a governor that prioritizes higher education,” Carter said. “The governor is the key … we have an opportunity as a group to make sure the candidates who run for governor list higher education as a top priority.”

If Jindal’s sorry history of not brooking dissent within his ranks is any guide, it’s likely that Carter will soon be known as the “former chair of House Education Committee.”

He may no longer have a committee to chair, but at least Rep. Carter has his self-respect back.

Written by: Bob Mann, publisher of bobmannblog.com

Republished from his site.

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

Read More

mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

Read More

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

Read More

backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.

 

Read More

latter-blum2

TRUMP TALK

Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1