Archive for April, 2009

Jindal administration hammered by their own: “Be leaders, and not just philosophers”

April 28, 2009

As Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to march in lockstep with the national Republican Party, some members of the Louisiana GOP continue to question Jindal’s priorities and leadership. Republican state Rep. Hollis Downs isn’t happy with the Jindal administration’s lack of communication and vision. From the Times-Picayune:

The Republican author of a bill to let the state’s fuel tax rise with the inflation rate pulled his measure from consideration at a committee hearing this morning after criticizing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration for its lack of support.

House Bill 456 by Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, sought to make the first major change in two decades in the state’s 20-cent per gallon tax on gasoline, diesel and other fuels. …

Downs said he wished the governor’s office, even if it opposed the bill, would have been willing to offer long-term plans for meeting the state’s transportation project expenses. He called on Jindal’s team “to be leaders, and not just philosophers.”

Gov. Jindal secretly tells Republican legislators: I regret vetoing your pay raise

April 28, 2009

In his speech yesterday to open the 2009 Louisiana legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he’d made some “past mistakes.” But while Jindal did not elaborate on those mistakes in his speech, he did privately tell his Republican colleagues one of his mistakes: vetoing their pay raises.

From today’s Town-Talk:

Some lawmakers acknowledged that the governor recently told a meeting of the Republican legislative delegation that he regretted vetoing the [pay] raise.

Jindal’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. After flip-flopping on the issue, he told Louisiana citizens he was opposed to the pay raise — but in a closed-door meeting with Republican colleagues, he told them he regrets his veto. Our governor sure has a twisted definition of transparency.

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee passes statement of support for Employee Free Choice Act

April 14, 2009

The Louisiana Democratic Party’s Executive Committee has passed a statement of support for the Employee Free Choice Act.

“The Employee Free Choice Act gives employees the chance for better health care, benefits and pensions,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “In today’s tough economy, workers deserve more choices, and the Employee Free Choice Act offers just that. Workers should have the freedom to choose collective bargaining so they can bargain for a better life.”

Workers with the collective bargaining capabilities of a union earn 30 percent more wages and are 60 percent more likely to have health care.

Stewart Acuff, assistant to the president of the national AFL-CIO and an architect of the Employee Free Choice Act, will be in Louisiana on Thursday, April 16, and will debate LABI Chairman of the Board E. Fred Preis at noon at the League of Women Voters luncheon in Baton Rouge. The luncheon is at Drusilla’s Seafood Restaurant; for more info on the luncheon or to purchase tickets, call 225-344-3326 or e-mail lwvla@lwv-la.org.