Bobby Jindal has promised to find money to address the funding crisis facing Louisiana’s public colleges and universities but besides the obvious dire financial straits in which the state currently finds itself, two important obstacles must be overcome by our absentee governor: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Grover Norquist.
PAR, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a government watchdog organizarantion, has issued a policy paper criticizing the Jindal for its lack of transparency in public records and has urged that the next governor of Louisiana assert policies and practices for greater transparency.
According to Robert Mann, who posted below in his blog today "Unless Gov. Bobby Jindal and legislators come up with a budget solution very soon, you can cancel just about every ongoing faculty search at LSU and watch as the exodus of faculty accelerates".
It's time for action.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal might want to either double down on leaving Louisiana in better shape that it currently finds itself or somehow, he might want work the Jindal-spin to make himself more of a presidential contender than he really is--if the latest news out of Kochville USA means anything.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier are feeling the heat over the religious freedom bill introduced in the current session of the Legislature by the freshman representative.
Please keep this quiet; a secret election is set for Saturday May 2 in 28 Louisiana parishes. Politicians set the election on a day in which turnout will be minimal. In New Orleans, a tripling of the library millage is on the ballot during the second weekend of the Jazz Fest, at a time guaranteed to produce a very low turnout. Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted a turnout in “the teens” on May 2. Of course, this is pitiful and goes against our beliefs in encouraging robust voter participation. It seems the last thing Louisiana politicians want is a strong voter turnout.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of LABI
If the old saying is true that the numbers don’t lie, then the story of this year’s legislative session is quantifiably easy to tell. The 144 members of the Louisiana Legislature face a $1.6 billion governmental operating deficit this session. The governor enters his eighth and final year, which means Louisiana will have a new leader in 2016.
The confusion and arrogance expressed in state Rep. Walt Leger’s recent opinion piece in the New Orleans Times-Picayune against HB 707, which would prohibit state government coercion against service deliverers who make decisions to engage in commerce on the basis of their views about marriage, illustrate the bill’s necessity.
Not that Louisiana Governor David Vitter seems to need much help this election campaign as he leads his competition in both the polls and in the race for money. However, a PAC that has been created to support David Vitter has just announced that in the first quarter of 2015, it has raised more than $680,000 and thus far, has raised over $4.6M.