Before we celebrate January 11 as Louisiana House Independence Day, let’s call it what it was—a political putsch.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Is the incoming Louisiana Governor, John Bell Edwards, telling the truth about the severity of the budget which over the next year-and-a-half could be as deep as $2.6 billion short? According to Team Edwards, the budget is much more horrific than anticipated. Some believe the Jon Bel Edwards camp is not be candid about this issue. Others, especially some of the former Vitter supporters are outright calling him a liar.
Today, the Transition Committee on Economic Development released its final report to Governor-elect John Bel Edwards. Since December 1, 2015, the committee met on a regular basis to develop recommendations on how to create jobs, enhance economic outcomes, and improve the quality of life for all Louisianans.
The issue of taxes, revenues and incoming Governor Jon Bel Edwards’ intentions considering a horrible budget deficit has been part of the continuing debate and dialogue since the elections in November. The speculation was fueled further when the incoming Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne, recently announced that all revenue sources needs to be considered because the budget gap is nearing a horrific $2.5 billion over the next year and a half and worse than initially anticipated.
Happy New Years, Louisiana.
Welcome to the Jindal budget disaster of 2015-2016.
For decades, the Louisiana Legislature has been a puppet of the Governor, a mere extension of the power of the executive branch instead of an independent political body with separate powers. Governors from Huey Long to Bobby Jindal have called the shots regarding legislative initiatives and leadership.
Our new Governor, John Bel Edwards, is no exception and he has already indicated his choice for the next House Speaker, Walt Leger (D-New Orleans). The problem is that Leger, while a bright and respected legislator, is definitely to the ideological left of not only most House members, but also most of the voters of Louisiana.
Today, Governor-elect John Bel Edwards and the next First Lady of Louisiana, Donna Edwards, released the following information related to the 2016 Louisiana Governor’s Inauguration. The inauguration of statewide elected officials will take place on Monday, January 11, 2016. A detailed schedule will be available to members of the media prior to Inauguration Day.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
To say we were disappointed in John Bel Edwards’s decision to reappoint State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson would be an understatement. WhatLouisianaVoice has learned—and published—about problems throughout LSP, particularly in Troop D, should be reason enough to turn Edmonson away.
Edwards made two major mistakes in arriving at his decision. First, he listened to the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and Louisiana Police Chiefs Association. Second, he did not listen to the voices of state troopers whose morale has hit rock bottom and who have made their feelings known, albeit anonymously, in the comment sections of our posts. Realistically, they have no voice to compete with the sheriffs and chiefs.
Around this time, every four years in Louisiana, attention is focused upon who will make up the Governor’s cabinet and key administration officials. Eight years ago, when Bobby Jindal put together his transition team, there were many new names and faces since the prior Republican Governor, Mike Foster, had left office in 2004. Obviously, as Jindal is a republican, the top jobs were lined with party or campaign leaders. This year, there are a number of familiar faces from prior administrative jobs, elective offices, and yes, even a campaign opponent, in Republican Jay Dardenne.
by Jim Brown
With a new governor about to take over the reins of state, LSU and other Louisiana colleges are making a full court press for more funding. They have a good argument to make. But what do taxpayers get in return? Have universities like LSU made their case for what they are presently doing with the money they have been receiving up until now?