Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens



by Pete Abington 

The Governor continually asked for alternatives to him raising taxes. Moving around and talking with several legislators who are opposed to raising taxes, they offered several alternatives. This would spare higher education and health care and not raise your taxes, if they would do it. Representatives Edmonds and Barcala have shown that more than 1,700 vacancies were funded in the 2017 fiscal year budget (July 2016 to June 2017) that were not filled by an actual person doing the job. If the governor would instill a true hiring freeze in state government and disallow state government from filling these vacancies, the department could still fill any new vacancies that would occur. The funded vacancies for the coming fiscal year could be valued at more than $100 million and, if cut, would not negatively affect higher education or healthcare because the positions are currently unfilled.


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