State Treasurer John Kennedy has sent a second letter to the executive director of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System (LSPRS) to emphasize his wish that a thorough investigation be conducted into the last second amendment to Senate Bill 294 which gave State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson and one other state trooper huge increases in their state police pensions.
By John Kennedy, State Treasurer
Unless you just parachuted in from Mars, you've probably seen media reports about the retirement bill recently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor (Act 859) that boosts the retirement benefits for a small number (allegedly two) of Louisiana State Police Troopers. The benefits-boosting provision, again according to media reports, was added to an unrelated bill on the last day of the legislative session by a six-person conference committee that did not meet publicly. All six of the conferees say they did not sponsor the amendment.
State Treasurer John Kennedy told fellow members of the State Police Retirement System (LSPRS) Wednesday that he wants answers to a laundry list of questions pertaining to legislative passage of an amendment to an otherwise minor senate bill that increased State Police Commander Mike Edmonson’s retirement benefits by $30,000 per year.
With the new fiscal year starting today, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, has taken a slap at the Louisiana legislature and Governor Jindal claiming Louisiana is starting the new fiscal year with a $63 million hole due to procedures utilized that in the bank business would be called "check kiting".
Written by Lamar Parmentel, The Daily Kingfish.
According to the political press, Bobby Jindal launched another one of his embarrassing broadsides against the awful “DC establishment,” calling for a “hostile takeover” of DC by enraged teahaddists.
Kennedy's hypocrisy shouldn't distract budgeting debate.
For many Democrats in Louisiana, particularly those still active in party politics, the ultimate goal is to win the Governor’s race.
The year 2007 became the watershed year in the state for electing democrats for statewide office. Currently, the Democratic Party, which had dominated statewide offices prior to that year, has only one statewide elected official, Mary Landrieu, and that could change this November.
This week, Louisiana and the nation were treated with some big political news, not that it was unexpected.
U.S. Senator David Vitter decided to enter the Louisiana Governor’s Race although he apparently will keep his US Senate position.
For months, Louisiana political observers have been waiting for David Vitter to make it official. Today, he confirmed the worst kept political secret in state history. In 2015, Vitter will run for Governor of Louisiana. The advantage for Vitter is that he does not have to relinquish his U.S. Senate seat to run for Governor. He also has universal statewide name recognition and is leading in pre-election polls.
Hey what's going on--as Marvin Gaye said. (asked)
Well, it looks like we may have three Republicans running for governor now that's assuming a few things. Number one, can David Vitter use the super PAC money--roughly $1.5 million dollars--that has been raising his behalf for either for a state-run or federal? Can he use that in this election?