Governor Jindal had a successful week with the announcement of yet another major economic development win for Louisiana, along with the release of new education statistics showing improvement among students. The Governor also penned a column where he argues that the latest scandals in Washington, D.C. are examples of why liberalism and big government don’t work. Governor Jindal echoed a similar message in his well-received address to the Virginia Republican Convention last weekend where he said IRS officials involved in the trampling of First Amendment rights deserve prison time.
Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:
Read Governor Jindal’s Column About How The Latest Scandals In Washington With President Obama Are A Product Of Big Government Run Amok. The latest problems with the IRS witch hunt, the seizure of phone records from The Associated Press, the conflicting Benghazi stories and disastrous attempts to enforce Obamacare may all seem unrelated, but they are not. Each of these events is the direct byproduct of two central philosophies of the Obama administration — the massive expansion of the size and power of the federal government and a lack of trust in the American people. . . . The Obama presidency, and liberalism in general, are based on not trusting the American people — a belief that big government is better for people. The latest scandals show why liberalism and big government don’t work.
Last Weekend, Governor Jindal Addressed The Virginia Republican Convention Where He Spoke About How IRS Officials Responsible For Targeting Conservative Groups Deserve Prison Time. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will use a Saturday speech to Virginia Republicans to suggest the IRS officials who targeted conservative political organizations for scrutiny be sent to prison. “You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom,” Jindal, a Republican, will tell delegates at the Virginia GOP convention, according to remarks shared with POLITICO. “When you do that, you go to jail.” . . . The Louisianan will tie the IRS scandal with questions over the Benghazi tragedy, the seizure of the Associated Press’s phone records and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to make a case for why such matters stem from liberalism. “When you grow government this big, these kinds of scandals are inevitable, and he bears the responsibility for that,” Jindal will say of Obama.
Governor Jindal Was Proud To Announce Yet Another Economic Development Win, With An Oilfield Service Company Choosing Louisiana Over Other States As The Site For New Headquarters And Plant Construction, Which Will Create Over 400 New Jobs. An oilfield service company that had considered an out-of-state move plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports in the state for the manufacturing site, President and CEO Hank Danos told a news conference Tuesday in Thibodaux. He and Gov. Bobby Jindal said the expansion will create 426 new jobs over the next five years — 326 at the new headquarters and the rest at the manufacturing site.
New Education Statistics Released Show Louisiana Schools Improving In The Percentage Of Students Performing At Grade Level. A state Education Department analysis of the latest standardized test results for public school students in grades three through eight shows the state continues to make incremental overall improvement … The number of students performing at grade level in math, science, English and social studies on the spring tests nudged up to 69 percent from 68 percent in 2012. It marks a 9 percent improvement . . . The numbers showed that New Orleans schools taken over by the state from the long-troubled local district after Hurricane Katrina making the most improvement among all districts in the state…
The Louisiana House Of Representatives Along With A Senate Committee Voted Down Multiple Attempts This Week To Expand Obamacare In Louisiana, Hopefully Shelving The Issue For Good. The Louisiana House overwhelmingly refused Tuesday to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of people with the Medicaid dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act, in a vote that appears to shelve the issue for the legislative session.
Recent Rankings Show Lafayette, Louisiana As First In The Country In Terms Of Economic Strength And Year-To-Year Growth Indicators. Lafayette ranked first in the country in terms of economic and workforce measures, according to Area Development Magazine, a site selection and facility planning publication. The magazine ranked 380 metro areas in 21 economic and workforce indicators in 2010-2011 and 2007-2012. The top scores went to metro areas based on their economic strengths, year-over-year growth; growth of young, educated workers; and how they bounced back to their pre-recession economic levels, according to Geraldine Gambale, Area Development editor. Lafayette received the No. 1 ratings for economic strength and year-over-year growth indicators.
Recent Employment Data Shows Major Louisiana Cities Continued To Show Job Creation Growth In The Month Of April. The number of nonfarm jobs in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette and the state continued to increase in April…Louisiana gained 19,500 jobs over the 12-month period that started in April 2012. The 1 percent increase put the statewide jobs total at just over 1.95 million, according to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In March, the state added 27,700 jobs, for 1.4 percent growth since March 2012.