Questions Remain Over Approach to Eliminating Government Workers

Unclear whether bill intended to reduce number of state employees will have significant impact

Baton Rouge — It may not be surprising that state Senator Jack Donahue’s legislation to reduce Louisiana’s disproportionately large government work force was met with criticism. What is surprising is that much of this criticism comes from administrators that support its underlying goal.

Gulf Coast Claims Facility Set to Replace BP

Feinberg and Landrieu hold town halls to explain new victims claims process

On August 18th, approximately 500 individuals crowded the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana, to hear from Kenneth Feinberg and Mary Landrieu (D-La). The two speakers explained the new Gulf Coast Claims Facility, highlighted its independence, and assured the audience of their concern for victims of the oil spill.

Commentary: Report Blasts Administrative Bloat, Waste in Universities

This week, scholars from the University of Arkansas’s Department of Education Reform released a report on the state of administrative waste in America’s public universities. Published in collaboration with the Goldwater Institute, the report blasts the current state of hiring trends in American universities. It demonstrates that school administrative positions are being added at an untenable rate, significantly surpassing the respective rate of increase for students and genuine academics.

Gulf State Residents Bring Message to Capitol

Victims, activists, and trade representatives join forces to oppose shut-down of Gulf oil industry

Washington, DC—Promoting the tagline, “My Job Matters,” more than 50 Gulf state residents travelled to the Capitol to protest the moratorium and regulatory impediments to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Protesters gave speeches in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, and Texas Senator John Cornyn and former Pennsylvania Representative John Peterson voiced their support. Additionally, individuals lobbied congressional members and staff, shared their frustrations with media outlets, and met with low-tax advocates Americans for Tax Reform.

BP Halts Use of Dispersants

Disputes remain over toxicity of Corexit; EPA approval process too long for alternative

Since July 15th, BP has ceased all use of dispersants in the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Although not widely publicized, BP’s decision was made in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard and came after three months use and 1.8 million gallons of the dispersant Corexit.

Commentary: New Jersey’s Christie Provides Template for Reducing State Expenditures

Given our state’s looming budget deficit budget deficit and recent blows to the oil and shipping industries, Louisiana should take into consideration New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s proposed agenda to rein in superfluous state spending. Gov. Christie has been anathema to unions throughout the state of New Jersey due to his refusal to genuflect to them or give in to their unreasonable demands, and as such he has become regarded as a maverick. Throughout the country, states are suffering due to ever-expanding public sector costs. In Louisiana especially, the unfettered growth of the public sector has been largely responsible for creating conditions that now require much-maligned budget slashing.

Feinberg Encounters Packed Town Halls with Frustration to Spare

On July 15th, Kenneth Feinberg used three Louisiana town hall gatherings – in Houma, Port Sulphur, and Lafitte – to explain how the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) will work. Animated and lively, with a little Bostonian humor, Feinberg held the attention of each overflowing crowd for approximately 30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions from the audience.