In a move that can certainly be seen as a “political set-up”, Louisiana Democrats are poised to spend a huge surplus of ONE-TIME MONEY, nearly $4BILLION,Â on recurring expenses such as salary increases and new programs, WITHOUT FUTURE FUNDING. This will force the next Governor to either cut funding or raise taxes, neither being popular.
Failing to spend this money on infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc) will make matters worse for Louisiana and particularly worse for NELA, because it will Â serve to further delay a $14BILLION BACKLOG of badly needed and expanding road projects.
Â Louisiana Democrats, knowing full well that their proposed budget is ruinous to the next Governor, no matter who it is, are showing that they fully expect to lose the Governor’s Mansion to Bobby Jindal and are willing to do whatever they can to hurt his tenure in office, NO MATTER HOW HARMFUL IT IS TO THE STATE.
While attending the American Legion Memorial Day Celebration in Monroe, LA, State Representative Kay KatzÂ said â€œthe Democrats are spending that money as fast they can get their hands on it and spending it all around New Orleans.â€ Making matters worse, Representative Katz said, â€œthereâ€™s nothing we (Republicans) can do. Weâ€™re out voted.â€ Representative Mike Walsworth said, “if we hadn’t stopped them from breaking the spending cap, the Democrats would have spent the rest of the money.” Mike went on to say thatÂ one of those plunderingÂ Democrats actually accused him of wanting to hold that money for Bobby Jindal to spend. Yeah, doing the right thing must have sounded strange to the Democrat pirate.
No, there is little we can do in NELA when the Democrats hold the majority and their traitorous accomplices, sworn to represent their NELA constituency, sellout their neighbors and hometowns to continue a power structure that has kept Northeast Louisiana LAST IN THE COUNTRY.
If not for the leadership of Republicans Mike Walsworth and Kay Katz, the Democrats would have busted the spending cap and spent the remainder of the money in New Orleans, too.
Bobby Jindal has repeatedly pointed out that spending this ONE-TIME MONEY on recurring expenses is wrong and will hurt the State.
The Democrats donâ€™t care.