Rep. Julie Stokes on Louisiana Legislature’s willingness to remove, even partially, the exemption for “fat-cat” $200,000 pensions like that of Jay Dardenne: “I don’t see this Legislature willing to address it.”

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Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner)

Two days before Gov. John Bel Edwards was inaugurated as Governor, Sound Off Louisiana  revealed the fact that Jay Dardenne’s Commissioner of Administration appointment would have a $615,000 impact on the state employees’ retirement system’s unfunded accrued liability (UAL). Less than one month later,  Dardenne defended the massive increase by stating that it enabled Gov. Edwards to “get the best possible person for the job.” Dardenne also didn’t question the magnitude of the impact.

Not only do these massive increases in the retirement system’s UAL inhibit retirees who worked for the state  for a small fraction of Dardenne’s golden-parachute-salary from obtaining pension COLAs, but Dardenne and other similar fat-cat state pensioners have the added advantage of being able to exempt their entire six-figure pensions from Louisiana state income taxes.

At the meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club of Monday, June 13, 2016, State Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) was asked to comment on the fairness of such exemptions and why, during this extended period of tax hikes on everyday Louisiana citizens, this massive exclusion seems to never even surface for serious consideration. Let’s watch her response:


Stokes comments on the lucrative state pension exemption.

Most recently, Stokes introduced another iteration of her efforts to remove deductibility of Federal income taxes from one’s state tax return (in exchange, at least temporarily, for reduced tax rates). Stokes’ own analysis of the impact of her proposal, which she was gracious enough to provide at Press Club, demonstrates a seismic shift of tax burdens away from folk making less than $50,000 per year and toward folk in the $100,000 – $180,000 income range. Sound Off Louisiana’s Robert Burns therefore asked Stokes if there had been any factor for “leakage” (i.e. people moving to Texas) as a result of ever-increasing tax burdens on those adversely impacted by her proposal. Her response follows:

 
Stokes addresses any “leakage” factor (i.e. residents moving to Texas)
that may arise as a result of her proposed Constitutional Amendment
to eliminate the deductibility of Federal income taxes.

Stokes’ proposal fell well short of the 2/3 requirement to advance to the Senate.

Stokes also bluntly stated that the penny sales tax will serve as a “bridge” to other tax-increase measures and nothing more. Let’s hear her response to Burns’ question entailing fiscal conservatives who expected a bridge to meaningful spending reforms such as those advocated by State Treasurer (and U. S. Senate candidate) John Kennedy.

 

Stokes explains the purpose of the penny sales tax in terms of the
type of “bridge” is serves as.

 
Stokes responds to a question of “what two or three exemptions do
you feel are most critical to eliminate?”


Stokes describes relationships in the Louisiana Legislature and provides
her advice to Gov. Edwards in terms of a third special session.

CLICK HERE to see Rep. Stokes’ presentation to the Baton Rouge Press Club in its entirety.

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JBE continues Jindal’s auction corruption train as his latest LALB appointee, Jeff Henderson, is backed into suing his own father, Marvin Henderson, in Federal Court for alleged fraud.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

 

 

Soon after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips to the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board (LALB) on April 20, 2016, an action which Gov. Edwards rescinded on May 5, 2016, Sound Off Louisiana received what we believed to be highly-credible reports that Gov. Edwards was prepared to make wholesale replacements to clean up the years of corruption entailing that board.  Our sources were wrong!  In the following video (along with the support links below it), Sound Off Louisiana’s founder, Robert Burns, explains just how fast Gov. Edwards was to cave to the “good ‘ole boy” network of auctioneers and continue the corruption train on the LALB initially established by his predecessor, Gov. Bobby Jindal:


Burns explains exactly how JBE’s most-recent LALB
appointee, Jeff Henderson,
has been backed into suing his own father, Marvin Henderson, in Federal Court
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for alleged fraud perpetrated by Marvin Henderson.

CLICK HERE for the
Louisiana Revenue Department’s sales tax lawsuit

which was in place at the very time then-Gov. Jindal appointed Jeff Henderson
to the LALB.

CLICK HERE  for the Mississippi sales tax JUDGMENT recorded against
Marvin Henderson.  It was in anticipation of this type of filing that
likely prompted the formation of JAH with Jeff Henderson and Janet Cagley
(Marvin Henderson’s son and daughter, respectively) in the first place so
that a judgment would not attach to the company’s assets.

CLICK HERE for Marvin Henderson’s past auction felony (mail fraud).

 


CLICK HERE for highlights of Everett’s Third-Party Complaint

Against Marvin Henderson (Note:  CLICK HERE for FULL
3rd party complaint).


CLICK HERE for Henderson’s 6/25/16 service entailing 3rd Party Complaint

CLICK HERE for  highlights of JAH’s TOTALLY-restated petition.
(Note:  CLICK HERE  for the restated petition in its entirety).


CLICK HERE for Marvin Henderson’s bio as “CEO of Henderson Auctions”

(which the pleadings above allege were “removed” from the website upon
Henderson executing a sworn affidavit stating he “has no ownership
nor holds any office
with JAH  Enterprises, Inc.”)

CLICK HERE for Janet Cagley (Marvin Henderson’s daughter)’s bio
in which it’s stated she “collaborates” with Marvin Henderson, yet
the above pleadings indicated Marvin is “neither a shareholder NOR
officer of the company!”


Keith Babb, who himself bullied an elderly man who dared file a complaint against him,
and who would reference this PATHETIC document as an “auction contract,”
inducts Marvin Henderson into the NAA Hall of Fame.

CLICK  HERE for videos of Marvin Henderson defending the ILLEGAL practice
of shill bidding, even going so far as to say a law to enforce stiff penalties
against the practice will “put ME out of  business.” (8/2/10
audio on page).

CLICK HERE  for alphabetic listing of reviewed auctioneers
referenced at the early portion of the main video above.

CLICK HERE for more detailed background on Henderson v. Everett

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry slams Louisiana media outlets’ reports of a “power grab” entailing his sanctuary cities and AG-Independent budget initiatives as “wrong and designed to sell more newspapers.”

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry

 

 

At the meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club of Monday, May 23, 2016, Louisiana
Attorney General Jeff Landry sharply criticized media reports he assesses as
“wrong and designed to sell more newspapers” entailing his legislative
initiatives to impose financial penalties on specific governmental agencies
assisting sanctuary cities in Louisiana.  Video highlights from AG Landry’s
presentation follow:


Landry outlines sanctuary cities legislation.


Landry outlines rationale for pushing for independent AG budget.


Landry flatly rejects an assertion by Elizabeth Crisp (Advocate reporter) that
Landry may be engaging in a power grab entailing his 2016
legislative initiatives.


Landry responds to a question by Sue Lincoln (Public Radio) entailing
whether it is “appropriate” to impose financial penalties on entities
assisting with sanctuary cities in Louisiana.


Landry has to aggressively fend off a contention that sanctuary city
legislative initiatives he’s supporting would impose broad, sweeping financial
penalties for agencies such as the Port of Greater New Orleans and
the Louisiana Superdome Commission.


Landry provides an example of him being unable to save the taxpayers
money on a car he recently rented because he lacks the flexibility to
negotiate a better rate due to the Division of Administration stating he
must follow their protocol.  He then has to fend off an inquiry on why
such authority should be vested in him.


Landry responds to a question by Sound Off Louisiana‘s Robert Burns
on ways he’d like to make the AG’s Office more efficient if his
legislative initiative becomes law.


Landry weighs in on Elizabeth Crisp’s question entailing his recent
decision to address President Obama’s transgender bathroom mandates.

CLICK HERE to see Attorney General Landry’s presentation to the Baton Rouge Press Club in its
entirety.

Note:  AG Landry’s sanctuary cities initiative was killed in the Senate Judiciary-A Committee by a 2-2 vote.  The two Senators voting to kill the bill were:  Sen. Danny Martiny (who made the motion to defer — i.e. kill — the bill) and Sen. Wesley Bishop.

To see debate of the issue, view the Senate broadcast here.  Presentation begins at the 13:50 mark.

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