Acadiana legislators say "enough" to surplus spending
A bipartisan coalition of Acadiana legislators wants to put
the brakes on state surplus spending. Six state House members, led by Rep. Joel
Robideaux of Lafayette and Fred Mills of St. Martinville, have filed
legislation requiring any additional state surplus dollars that may come in
this year be returned to taxpayers in the form of rebates.The proposed bill establishes an “enough is enough” fund to
collect any additional revenues identified at the state’s May
Revenue Estimating Conference, and calls on the legislature to formulate a plan
for rebates. In addition to Robideaux and Mills, the other legislators backing
the bill are Taylor Barras (New Iberia), Simone Champagne (Jeanerette), Page
Cortez (Lafayette) and Jonathan Perry (Kaplan).
In a press release issued yesterday, the group notes
that the state has already spent a surplus of over $1 billion for fiscal year
2006-2007, and nearly another $1 billion for fiscal year 2007-2008. “The people
of Louisiana are struggling financially,” says Mills.“With the high price of gasoline and groceries, it’s ridiculous
that the state is spending every extra billion it gets. Enough is enough.The state spending spree must stop. It’s the
people’s money, let’s give it back to the people."
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.