The main argument I hear in favor of a referendum is the amount of money potentially being spent. To begin with, this amount keeps being escalated by the plan's opponents. Let's just take the numbers. If LUS were to actually use all the money they are asking to have available, it would amount to approximately $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Lafayette Parish. Seems like a lot, but it's spread over a long period of time and will only be used in total if the plan is an enormous success.
If these activists were so intent on being watchdogs of our money, then why are they not screaming for a referendum on the state's budget? At $16 billion, that breaks down to more than $3,500 for every man, woman and child in the entire state. To make matters worse, that's just for one year, and supplemental requests are likely. If being guardians of our money is truly why they are in this, then I believe their time would be much better spent filing a lawsuit against the state Legislature.
Another argument I hear and read is that government should not compete with private enterprise. Being a business owner, I am not in favor of government doing much of anything except protect and defend. If these obstructionists are so interested in government staying out of private business, why aren't they filing a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture and stop Bob Odom from building his pet sugar mills? Nearly everyone agrees we are better served having LUS in our community, and there is a long history of local governments doing certain types of infrastructure business in the interest of the people. That is exactly what LUS is doing now.
We voted precisely in the way that our founding fathers meant our representative democratic republic to work. We elect representatives to handle our government business. Let them do their jobs. If we don't like the job they do, we can always un-elect them next time around, or if we believe they really screwed up, we can always start a recall.
Terry, Joey, et al.: You go guys!
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”