by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
If the Retired State Employees Association (RSEA) goes forward with filing a legal challenge to the proposed changes to health care coverage for state employees, retirees and their dependents, it may have a significant hook on which to hang its case in a report submitted by a company contracted by the Jindal administration which attempted to base its plan changes at least in part on that same report.
One of the biggest priorities facing Louisiana’s next governor is the challenge of re-instilling pride in the attitudes of many Louisianans. Government can only do so much. But a governor can be a catalyst in raising the public’s expectations.
Today’s Louisiana political round-up:
Jindal blasts Superintendent White, get your Orleans Parish voters guide, poor Louisiana, the Vets go political, Pelican Institute discusses Louisiana workforce, Family Research Council not very gay about the US Supreme Court’s recent marriage decision, the LAGOP wants to set Landrieu’s Amnesty record straight and Senator Mary Landrieu is gunning for dishonest commercials.
Administration may have been thwarted in sneaking through an amendment giving State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson an extra $55,000 per year in retirement income but pay raises for at least 29 mostly unclassified employees could mean additional liabilities of $25 million to $42 million over 20-30 years for the Louisiana State Employee Retirement System (LASERS), LouisianaVoice has learned.
What has allowed Sen. Mary Landrieu to hang on in the U.S. Senate swimming against a stronger and stronger current is exactly the same thing that most likely will end her elected political career this year.
by Lou Gehrig burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Senate race: neck-and-neck
A new poll on the Louisiana U.S. Senate race by Public Policy Polling (PPP) reveals a neck-and-neck race between incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.
For years liberals like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu have been advocating programs such as midnight basketball as ways to reduce crime. Supposedly, young people with no ambition, moral values or job will be turned away from crime by the opportunity to shoot hoops. It sounds ridiculous, and, of course, it does not work, but the program helps the liberals feel good about what they are doing to fight the crime problem in New Orleans.
You have to hand it to Commissioner of Administration Kristy Kreme Nichols. When she has something to do, she is completely One Direction-al about it.
As the minutes ticked by during the House Appropriations Committee’s seven-hour hearing on the Office of Group Benefits on Sept. 25, and as Division of Administration (DOA) Executive Counsel Liz Murrill and the rest of the DOA pack occupied themselves by texting during heart-wrenching testimony from those who will be adversely affected by rising deductibles and co-pays, Kristy fidgeted.