News from around Louisiana
We keep shining the light into those dark corners of Louisiana government. What we found this time is nothing short of shocking. It would appear that several legislators in the power-clique have helped to craft policies that impact certain government created monopolies in which their spouses make a substantial living.
As often as he has changed up the rules in attempt to silence us, its apparent the Speaker of the House has more time for petty vindictiveness than he has for defending small business and individual liberty.
In a recent interview on NewsTalk 98.5, Lafayette’s Mayor President actually said “we’re following the science.” However, numerous district judges have ruled that he’s not following the law. These rulings could be a foreshadowing of things to come as the Army Corps of Engineers begins action to remove LCG’s Spoil Levee lawsuit to federal court.
When we talk about all the things tax dollars should be spent on, most would prefer our government prioritize road and bridge maintenance. But would you believe they’d actually spend over $4 million of your tax dollars to build a gas station for a private, for-profit company?
“They aren’t telling you the whole truth. Those Downtown Lafayette folks who’ve been walking door to door and asking you to vote for their tax hike have left off numerous pertinent details.” Last week, I sent a letter to nearly every household in the Downtown taxing district. Today, I’m publishing it as an open letter for the benefit of our online transparency enthusiasts who reside outside of that district.
With recent tax propositions being rejected in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes area voters need to be ever vigilant about the methods and tactics politicians will employ to place taxes on low voter turn out ballots. We have told you about the upcoming DDA tax occurring during Festival International in downtown Lafayette on April 30, but why is no one talking about the Vermilion Parish tax hike election on the same day.
We take a closer look at the recent “historic” veto override by asking a baffling question: what specifically was gained by the effort? You’ll be interested to read our answer.
Similar to Lafayette’s five recently created taxing districts, the solution is always the need for “more money.” However, the conversation gets interesting when you ask what they plan to spend the money on. In the case of the five taxing districts (now three-years old) the answer is, “we don’t know yet.” That scenario also fits nicely into the recent conversations about building a new jail.
Remember Ronnie “Judas” Johns? He was the villain of the 2021 veto override session. For simply not showing up (so there wouldn’t be enough votes to override any of JBE’s terrible vetoes) the governor rewarded him with a six-figure salary. Now he’s hoping that so much time has passed that you and the Senate Governmental Affairs committee will have forgotten all about it. Except that we’ll be here making sure everyone remembers.
KEEP pushing. Say NO, ESPECIALLY if it’s something you don’t agree with or if it don’t sit right with your soul. You do what you think is best for your family.
It just doesn’t look good when a governing body stops sending out meeting notices and then puts a tax on a lonely ballot during the area’s largest festival. Add to that, they are now not going to respond to any public records requests until the day after the election. Now, tell me how that strikes you.
Several local RPECs (Republican Parish Executive Committees) have taken up a resolution supporting a veto override for Louisiana’s US Congressional districts. This is very odd behavior. The reason seems to be because the State Republican Party hasn’t taken up the cause, and neither has any US Congressman in Louisiana. So, it’s up to the fraud squad to press the Republican legislators to support this effort another way.
That “no fiscal impact” box always seems to be ticked on ordinances coming out of local government. Whether or not they actually believe there will be no fiscal impact remains to be proven. We’ve seen it so very many times, that it was finally time to take a really good look at one of these. Turns out we were right. It’s just another unnecessary project, another bridge to nowhere, another taxpayer funded boondoggle.