As the public readies for the 4th of July, Louisiana Governor Jindal has been busy signing various major pieces of legislation today involving capital outlay, Omnibus Bond Act and ancillary expenses of state government:
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that Michelle L. Thomas will serve as Deputy Mayor of Operations. Thomas, who as Mayor Cory Booker’s Business Administrator served as the highest ranking non-elected official in Newark city government, became recognized as a leader who steered Newark, New Jersey’s budget through the worst economic crisis in that city’s modern history. She is credited with cutting the city’s deficit by $107 million and securing more than $350 million in federal stimulus grants for the city. Most recently, Thomas served as a federal grants consultant at Washington, DC-based government affairs firm The Ferguson Group, LLC.
It was one year ago on July 1 that F.A. Richard & Associates (FARA) began its phased-in takeover of the Louisiana Office of Risk Management under a contract whereby the state was to have paid FARA an amount “not to exceed $68,119,710” to assume operations of the agency. Normally, we would round that off to $68.1 million in the interest of brevity but the reason we don’t here will become evident soon enough.
Drew Brees is the best leader in the NFL (No Football League) even though there are some other very good leaders in the league, but the Saints quarterback stands above all of them.
The debate is raging in Washington about the looming debt limit witching hour, and the arguments are multifaceted. Almost everyone agrees that, if the federal government defaults on any payments to its debt holders, the economic consequences would be immense. But that is where the consensus appears to evaporate.
Vitter is now on record endorsing Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who was kind of on record not endorsing the Louisiana U.S. Senator and other Republicans Congressional candidates last year.
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal are not exactly best friends. In fact, in last year’s U.S. Senate race, Vitter prevailed without Jindal’s endorsement. The Governor’s refusal to support a fellow Republican in an important, high profile statewide race alarmed GOP leaders across the country.
While Jindal’s endorsement would have helped, Vitter did not need the Governor’s support. He was an overwhelming favorite facing a weak Democratic opponent. Similarly, in this fall Governor’s race, the Republican Jindal is in very good shape to win his second term. Jindal has $10 million in his campaign war chest and no prominent opponents challenging him. His only announced challenger is Tara Hollis, a teacher from Claiborne Parish.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined ANGUS Site Leader Ernest Green and Dow Houston Engineering Solutions Project Engineer Mary Fernihough to announce ANGUS Chemical Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., is modernizing its manufacturing facility in Sterlington. Major investments planned at the site include the construction of a new electrical substation and upgrades to the facility’s electrical system, which will retain 174 direct jobs and involve a $10.8 million capital investment.