Rep. Kevin Pearson (R-Slidell) has proposed an across-the-board increase in pension contributions from state workers that would include police officers, judges and university professors. He credits Gov. Bobby Jindal for calling attention to the challenge of rising liabilities, but favors changes that are not limited to the “rank-and-file” workers.
One year after ObamaCare was signed into law, Gov. Bobby Jindal has stated that Louisiana will not set up an exchange system that enables the new insurance regulations. By taking a firm stand, Jindal could inspire other governors who recognize that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the regulation.
Sen. Vitter has introduced new legislation that calls for greater transparency and accountability in the cost of infrastructure projects. The objective here to properly account for long-term expenses that could build up over time at the expense of taxpayers.
New Orleans parents who are dissatisfied with the public school system have options thanks to the voucher program that was instituted a few years ago. Supporters would like to see the program expanded to include Baton Rouge and Shreveport. Meanwhile, Gov. Jindal has proposed an increase in state spending to help cover the cost of a private education.
Lawmakers in both parties have been critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to increase state employee contributions to the pension plan. In reality, his plan is quite restrained in comparison to other states and some supporters argue that should go even further.
Sen. David Vitter has called out top Obama Administration officials for misleading the public and members of Congress on the actual number of offshore oil drilling permits. A recent motion from the Department of Justice includes numbers that tell a much different story than what has been communicated in congressional testimony.
Sen. David Vitter and other Republican lawmakers have introduced a “National Right to Work” bill that will protect employees from discriminatory practices in the workplace and guard against forced unionization. Studies show that “Right to Work” states outperform the more unionized areas of the country.
Public sector unions are boosting taxpayer costs in Louisiana just as they are in other states. The demonstrations in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Ohio relate back to a fundamental change in the composition of organized labor. For the first time in American history, more union workers are employed by the government than the private sector.
Health care compacts can protect against federal overreach, cancel out ObamaCare and restore federalism. But more states are needed to reach “critical mass” and pressure the feds.
Innovative budgeting practices that measure the “life-cycle” of infrastructure projects could save taxpayers money over the long term.