There’s hardly any other way to interpret a press release issued Thursday in which the House Republican Delegation announces its endorsement of a handful of bills that are clearly aimed at countering Gov. Bobby Jindal’s sleight-of-hand budgeting gimmicks.
Six bills endorsed by the delegation, which represents 58 state representatives of the red complexion in the lower chamber, are aimed squarely at Jindal’s notorious habit of including one-time sources of revenue for recurring expenses, his reliance on revenue contingencies (which have led in part to disastrous cuts to health care and higher education in recent years) and his inclination to privatize state functions.
Most of the bills have dozens of co-authors, suggesting that they will have a good chance of passage in the session and, perhaps most important, two of the bills are aimed at fast-tracking appropriations legislation so such bills receive final consideration a couple of weeks before the session ends, thus getting them to Jindal’s desk for his signature and giving state lawmakers time during the session for possible veto-override votes.
Here are the bills endorsed by the House Republican Delegation, per the press release issued today:
HR1 – Rep. Mike Danahay (D – Sulphur), with forty-two (42) co-authors is a proposed House Rule that reforms the timing of the process for addressing the Appropriations Bill, moving final consideration to about two weeks earlier in the legislative session.
HB240 – Rep. Kenny Havard (R – Jackson) strengthens review of privatization measures by state agencies.
HB434 – Rep. Jay Morris (R – Monroe), with thirty-eight (38) co-authors reforms the budget process when the proposed Executive Budget contains reductions in funding to healthcare and higher education.
HB435 – Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R – Shreveport), with thirty-four (34) co-authors establishes that only funds certified by the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) as non-recurring can be appropriated in HB1.
HB436 – Rep. Ray Garofalo (R -- Chalmette), with forty (40) co-authors reforms the time periods for notifications and consideration of the Appropriations Bill in the House and Senate, and moves final consideration about two weeks earlier in the session.
HB437 – Rep. Lance Harris (R – Alexandria), with thirty-four (34) co-authors reforms the process by which the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) recognizes revenue that can be appropriated and further defines whether revenues are considered recurring or non-recurring.
HB620 – Rep. Gene Reynolds (D – Minden), reforms the process for the duties and responsibilities of the Legislative Auditor and the Revenue Estimating Conference in determining whether the proposed Executive Budget reduces funding for higher education and healthcare; includes funds that are non-recurring; or includes funds in excess of the Official Revenue Forecast.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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