A political action committe formed in mid-August in support of the Lafayette Parish School System’s Oct. 22 tax proposition for the Master Facilities Plan has produced a website laying out its case that passage of the tax is essential for the future of the parish’s public school system.
The website, Invest in Our Children’s Future, was created by a PAC of the same name. The site includes a 10-minute video produced by the Lafayette chapter of the League of Women Voters detailing the more deplorable conditions of some of Lafayette’s school facilities. The video was actually produced more than three years ago. The site also contains a more slickly produced 30-second commercial advocating passage of the plan, in addition to links to CSRS’ master plan — a $1.1 billion undertaking that has been split into two phases, the first of which is on the Oct. 22 ballot and would fund $561,000 in projects through a 25 mills increase in the parish property tax.
The site argues, as proponents of the plan have for months, that putting off these repairs, upgrades and school replacements will cost more the longer the parish waits:
With the ages of our school buildings and the lack of preventative maintenance and capital projects, our school facilities will age faster and cost MUCH more to repair. Waiting costs more money – rising costs, inflation and tighter budgets will cost us more year after year. Using a 3% inflation cost and factoring in the price tag presently of the 1st Phase of the Master Facility Plan ($561,000,000) we would see an increase of at least $16,830,000 dollars by waiting just ONE more year!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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