Feb 152016

Welcome to the Real World. On Saturday, the State Legislative Committee heard the Governor’s budget for 2016-2017

The governor has proposed a number of changes to address a $950 million dollar deficit in this year’s budget. He’s received a lot of pushback in social media and from the legislators whose complicity with Bobby Jindal’s budget shenanigans got us in this mess in the first place.

On Saturday, Secretary of Administration Jay Dardenne presented the budget to the legislature’s Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. It is based on the assumption that the legislature will not implement any of the governor’s proposed budget changes for the 2015-2016 budget year. To maintain current funding will require just over $10 billion dollars. We are $2 billion short.

To come up with that $2 billion, the governor cut 24 percent from the departments of Higher Education, Health and Hospitals, Corrections, and the legislative and judicial branches of government. Every remaining agency and department, including Child and Family Services, Juvenile Justice, Natural Resources and the executive branch, among others, was cut 63 percent.

Here is a link to a document with the information Secretary Dardenne presented to the committee yesterday.

2015-2016 Budget revisions and the 2016-2017 Executive Budget

Here is a link to the actual hearing. It’s over three and a half hours long, but if you have the time to spend, you will learn a lot:

Archive: Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, 2/13/2016

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Aug 132014

Join the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club as we enjoy wine, food, song and shopping. Over 70 purses, new and gently used, designer and casual, funky and fancy, will be offered in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana Environmental Action Network for anti-fracking actions in St. Tammany Parish. Every purse comes with a prize.  Men and women, Republicans and Democrats are welcome.

Join us for our fun event to raise money for anti-fracking action in St. Tammany Parish



Sunday, August 17th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Abita Springs Town Hall
22161 Level Street
Abita Springs, LA


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Apr 092014

Our own GILDA REED and her son Robby had a part in Louisiana’s losing suit to have a MoveOn.org Billboard removed.The billboard calls attention to Gov. Jindal’s decision not to expand Medicaid coverage. It’s not the wording on the sign that’s the legal issue, but the logo on the billboard.

Robby, who had to resign from law school to pay his hospital bills because he is uninsured, testified for the 242,000 Louisianians in the coverage gap.

According to NOLA.COM, Lt.Gov.Jay Dardenne said the national liberal organization improperly mimicked his office’s trade and tourism branding in its satirical billboard posted just outside of the state capital. But U.S. District Court Judge Shelly Dick disagreed Monday, siding with MoveOn.org in stating the group’s free speech rights trumped the state’s case.

 Posted by at 8:28 pm
Feb 042014

On Jan 30, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would delay crippling flood insurance rate hikes for middle-class homeowners across the country, including nearly half a million policyholders in Louisiana, and Sen. Mary Landrieu’s leadership on this issue was critical in shepherding the bill through the process.

“Senator Landrieu brought together a strong coalition of Republicans and Democrats to push for reform to the Biggert-Waters Act, which is imposing disastrous flood insurance premium increases for middle-class families in Louisiana and across this country,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “As this bill now heads to the House, we hope the leadership in that chamber acts quickly to help the millions of Americans who could face financial ruin if they delay.”

On her Senate web site, Senator Landrieu urges us to contact House leadership and ask them to pass the bill.

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