Everyone is okay with the city-parish taking a dump on the big, out-of-town corporations because, well, they're big, out-of-town corporations. It doesn't seem to matter to anyone that some of this will land on you and your neighbors. Nor does it seem to occur to anyone that if the city-parish gets away with this, you and your neighbors could be next.
The city-parish president has promised that this will not cause an increase in utility rates. He must make a contradictory promise that he will raise rates, if necessary to pay off these bonds. Only one of these promises is legally binding. The other is based on his presumptions about the future, which no one can know. There is no way any of us can know the unintended negative consequences of this government usurpation of the free-market. All we do know is that the people of Lafayette are the forced guarantors on this liability.
Do any of the proponents know anyone who can't even afford a computer and struggles just to pay their utility bill? Has it occurred to anyone that there is a very real possibility that the least among us could end up with higher rates just so that the rest of us can surf the 'net faster?
The only sure winners in this are the bondholders, because the people of Lafayette guarantee that they'll get their money, and the city-parish government, whose power expands. Not only would the city-parish now have a larger slice of the local economic pie, it would also now control a significant segment of the information we're allowed to have. The city-parish might not abuse this power, but it would certainly be within its reach.
In my opinion, a successful vote would not make this right, but to move forward with no vote at all would certainly be worse. If this does go forward, I suggest the people of Lafayette hedge their position by buying some of these bonds.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
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The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.