Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled an outline of his budget yesterday. It does not reflect radical surgery to our huge state government. Instead of real cuts in state payroll, Jindal calls for fewer than 2,000 state positions to be eliminated. In fact, the number of current state employees who will lose their jobs is quite small for most of the reductions will be focused on positions that are vacant through attrition, so genuine layoffs will not be necessary.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees put out a message on Twitter on Friday, apologizing in advance of the approaching lockout.
"I am very sorry that you as fans have to endure this," wrote Brees. "Football is more than just a game for all of us. We will keep fighting...always."
Under a new collective bargaining agreement, the Saints could lose some of these free agents: Darren Sharper, Roman Harper, Scott Shanle, Clint Ingram, Jermon Bushrod, Remi Ayodele and Jonathan Goodwin. The Saints assigned a whole bunch of free agent tenders, but they could be meaningless under a new CBA,
Saints fullback Heath Evans expects the lockout to last until July or August.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will not support the “Twinkie Tax”, that is, should there be one this upcoming spring legislative session.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Thursday in addressing the media while introducing his budget for the upcoming fiscal year, “There will be those who do not want to see one single government job or program lost. They will be the ones who want to raise taxes. We have already seen the ideas about hospital taxes, increasing taxes on natural gas drilling, raising taxes by delaying tax cuts, and maybe we will even have a Twinkie tax before the session is over. I will save you the trouble of asking us if we will support those proposals – the answer will be flatly, no. “
Nungesser Confonts Dardenne's Tourism Marketing Plan
In response to Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne announcing his plan to divide the $30 million for tourism marketing state-wide amongst all 64 Louisiana Parishes, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser released this statement:
In a highly-controversial congressional action, one of the newest members of the US House of Representatives, Cedric Richmond of New Orleans has denounced the hearings today in the Homeland Security Committee regarding the “radicalization o American Muslims”.
How does the first Indian Governor--who also seems to possess high-national political ambitions by virtue of appearing on popular talk shows and by writing a self-promotional book-- suddenly become cast as being racially-insensitive towards minorities and particularly African Americans?
This is the question that some are now asking as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appears to have “seen the light” after his journey in “going white”.
Today, as our economy is weak and Americans are worried about their future, it is time we faced the truth about our greatest internal threat. Our literal survival as a prosperous nation is being threatened by a reckless thrust for government expansion and public sector spending. The financial situation in our country is a nightmare with budget deficits from sea to shining sea.
I hope you had a wonderful Carnival 2011!
I had a ball and enjoyed every party that I attended. On Friday, I was invited to Kevin Kelly's annual masked ball. This year's theme was "Rolling on the River," so I dressed as a wench and joined the revelry at his beautiful mansion on St. Charles Avenue where, from his grand balconies, we saw all the parades. As always, the mansion on St. Charles was decorated with colorful Mardi Gras Jesters that blended with guests savoring the exquisite cuisine of Chef Jeremy Langlois of Lantil's Landing at Houmas House.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger hopes the protection while he is in the pocket is as good as coach Les Miles and numerous Tigers officials are providing now.
Miles is not allowing the junior college transfer from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., to be interviewed and school officials are tight-lipped about him.