Policy differences within Louisiana’s Republican Party complicated efforts to pay down the unfunded accrued liabilities (UALs) within the state’s retirement funds. Rep. Kevin Pearson’s (R-Slidell) was defeated in the Senate Retirement Committee on Sunday.
Rep. William Cassidy of Louisiana joined with Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and other presidential contenders to denounce President Obama’s “anti-energy” policies during the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Over the past few years, the Republican Party has shifted more the direction of Rep. Ron Paul’s libertarian positions, according to some the political activists who attended the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) in New Orleans. The Texas Republican was among the speakers.
Only four members of Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted against legislation that blocks state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on construction projects. The bill also passed the Senate with bipartisan support. PLAs locked out non-union construction shops from the bidding process, industry representatives have argued.
Rep. Brett Geymann’s anti-spending resolution remains in effect after a counter-measure from Rep. Erich Ponti (R-Baton Rouge) was withdrawn Tuesday. This means “one-time” money cannot be used to balance the budget without a 2/3 vote of approval from House lawmakers
Rep. Tony Ligi (R-Metaire) continues to fight for transparency in collective bargaining agreements. His legislation was “involuntarily deferred” in the House earlier this month but has been reloaded into amendment the Senate Education Committee will consider today.
Legislation that would preclude state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on construction projects is scheduled for a vote today in the House. PLAS have been criticized for favoring union over non-union shops.
A Jindal-backed House resolution to reinstate one-time money to cover current budgetary expenses is up for debate today in the House.
Rep. Kevin Pearson’s retirement reform bill passed the Louisiana House by a comfortable, bipartisan margin on Monday. His legislation provides for a readjustment of the final average compensation (FAC) for state employees that would be used to pay down unfunded accrued liabilities.
Rep. Toni Ligi’s attempt to bring greater openness and transparency to the collective bargaining process will have to wait at least one more year. His bill failed in a House committee by just one vote.