Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols must have known what would come next when she announced a $4.2 million state contract with an out-of-state consulting firm to come up with recommendations of how to reduce state spending by $500 million a year.
Political observers and bloggers wanted to know why the Jindal administration, entering its seventh year in office, needed to call on outside contractors to do what it claimed to be expert at already. Isn't finding new ways to do more with less what Gov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - At the start of his Asian business development trip, Gov. Bobby Jindal has met with the president of Taiwan and executives from Formosa Plastics Corp.
The Republican governor's office said Jindal and President Ma Ying-jeou talked about shared economic interests between Louisiana and Taiwan, which imports agricultural, energy and chemical products from the state.
Formosa has a plant in Baton Rouge. Jindal's office said the governor and leaders of the company talked about possible growth in Louisiana.
Jindal left Saturday for the week-long trip, which also will take him to Japan and South Korea. It's the governor's first overseas economic development mission in office.
He said he'll be meeting with leaders of 10 companies in the energy, chemical and manufacturing industries, most of which are considering projects in Louisiana.
Tonight Rep. Charles Boustany was at the South Regional Library in Lafayette, speaking to the Veterans' Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana. The Congressman gave the group an update on the progress of bringing a VA Clinic to Lafayette.
Following tonight's meeting Boustany released the following statement:
"Tonight, I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting with a local coalition group composed of veterans to discuss the latest on the VA clinics in South Louisiana. Here in South Louisiana, there continues to be a great need for a full-service clinic, and I wanted to give these brave veterans an update on the latest news from Washington regarding the VA's actions. While we continue making strides toward turning the clinic into a reality, there is much work left to finish. However, the most recent news regarding funding was a step in the right direction and one I was proud to relay back home to the Lafayette coalition group in person. As I stated in the meeting, I'll continue to fight on behalf of South Louisiana's veterans on Capitol Hill to ensure we receive our clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles."
Amid the backdrop of a looming local election season, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration met in Center City to discuss how to improve current election policies.
The commission, which is co-chaired by 1974 College graduate Benjamin Ginsberg and was established in March, held a public hearing on Wednesday at the Philadelphia Convention Center, at which directors of state election bodies from the east coast testified about their home state’s electoral practices.
Speakers at the PCEA meeting discussed a range of issues, from methods of preparing for a natural disaster to the use of electronic voting systems.