It’s out of the frying pan and into the fryer for nearly two dozen non-governmental organizations — culture providers and social service non-profits — as budget hearings continue for the Lafayette Consolidated Council. As both The Advocate and The Daily Advertiser report today, funding for each of the NGOs could be revisited as the council hones the 2009-2010 fiscal year budget. The current proposed budget is roughly $587 million; the NGOs receive just more than $450,000 in direct funding from Lafayette Consolidated Government. But Councilman William Theriot is seeking individual, up-or-down votes on each of the 23 groups slated to receive funding in City Parish President Joey Durel’s proposed budget.
Led by councilmen Theriot and Jared Bellard, an effort to phase out that funding failed by a 6-3 vote last month, with Councilman Keith Patin joining in supporting the phase-out. Durel has said he favors LCG funding of cultural providers like Festival International de Louisiane and the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, but opposes government funding of social service agencies such as Faith House and 232-HELP.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.