LouisianaVoice is going to conduct an experiment, but it will require the cooperation of as many of our readers as possible to make it work.
We are asking each or our readers (who are not state employees: that might constitute immediate Teaguing) to email their state legislators—representatives and senators—to ask them:
It’s not so much in monetary terms that a Louisiana rife with commissions and boards acts as a drain on the state, but in the inefficiency that this condition brings to policy-making for which the citizenry pays.
This year’s annual report on the number of boards and commissions not in and of themselves a separate state agency by the Legislative Auditor reveals nearly 500 of them. The law also requires computing the costs of personnel serving on these (salaries, per diem payments, and travel expenses), which is at the least approaching $5 million. Note that this does include the overall expenses of these, which can be considerably higher but most of which would be spent by other agencies if that function needs to be performed, nor costs of staff, which also would have to be paid for by another agency if it performed that function, or already is as many of these bodies have minor administrative assistance from personnel on loan from other agencies.
The 2012 Summer Olympics recently concluded in London and are now consigned to the annals of history. Yet, the awarding of gold, silver and bronze to the best in anything are laurels we all understand and routinely apply. If state unemployment compensation (UC) trust fund solvency were an Olympic event, Louisiana would win a silver medal. This is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the need for Louisiana’s workers and their employers to be assured that this fund will cover increased claims in tough economic times.
During this past session Governor Jindal and the State Legislature left a legacy of lunacy in regards to education in Louisiana. Having savaged Higher Education in the state by cutting nearly ½ billion dollars in three years, these same mindful individuals found time to reach down to K-12 and impose much the same level of “dysfunction.”