Kennedy Provides Sneak Preview of Republican Response to JBE’s Statewide Call for Higher Taxes to Air This Evening at 6:30 p.m.

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy

Tonight, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will make a statewide television appeal for Louisiana individuals and businesses to pay substantially more taxes.  He will make his appeal on statewide television at 6:30 p.m. this evening.  Louisiana Treasurer (and U. S. Senate candidate) John Kennedy will follow with the Republican response.  To get a sneak preview of Kennedy’s expected response, merely view the video below of a presentation he made to the East Baton Rouge Parish Ronald Reagan Republican luncheon delivered at 12:00 noon today:

 

 


Kennedy counters Edwards’ insistence that tax increases are
the solution to Louisiana’s budgetary woes.

 

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Dardenne: “The $615,000 increase in State Employees’ Retirement System’s UAL resulting from my appointment sends message that JBE wanted the best possible person for Commissioner, and that’s what he got.”……..Concurs with Kennedy’s $720 million in DHH wasteful spending on E. R. abuse but slams him on asserted “Stat Ded” savings.

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Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy

Sound Off Louisiana viewers may recall a previous post in which we lambasted the $615,000 increase to LASERS’ Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL) resulting from the Jay Dardenne appointment. At the meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club of Monday, February 1, 2016, Sound Off Louisiana’s Robert Burns asked Dardenne what kind of message he feels that it sends to average citizens entailing his $615,000 increase to the UAL when those citizens are being asked to endure budget cuts and/or tax increases, and Dardenne’s response follows:

Burns asks Dardenne to assess the message it sends to the public
for his appointment to result in a $615,000 increase in the State
Employees’ Unfunded Accrued Liability, which presently stands
at around $18 billion (or $4,000 for every man, woman, and child
residing in Louisiana).

Although lambasting Treasurer John Kennedy during his presentation, as demonstrated by the following question posed by Burns (after a brief clip outlining Kennedy’s asserted waste in Louisiana’s Medicaid system), Dardenne did NOT challenge Kennedy’s assertion that DHH wastes, conservatively, $720 million a year in abuse of emergency room visits rather than instituting a Patient Navigator System similar to a Houston hospital:

 


Dardenne concurs with Treasurer Kennedy’s assessment of
(conservatively) $720 million in wasted DHH spending via ER abuses.
Interestingly, at the
2:20 mark, Kennedy flatly says that neither
Federal nor State law requires the treatment of NON-emergency aliments
just because someone shows up at the ER.  In contrast, at the
7:35 mark,
Dardenne flatly says that hospitals “have to treat anyone who arrives
at the emergency room.”

 

Regarding statutory dedications, the following video readily contrasts the sharply divergent views of Treasurer Kennedy versus those of Commissioner Dardenne, and Dardenne lambasts Kennedy for, as he characterizes it, “not being honest about our budget and instead politicians telling the people what they think they may want to hear.”


Kennedy & Dardenne outline sharply contrasting viewpoints on
statutory dedications and the level of savings that can be obtained by
removing their protection from potential cuts.

There are the contrasts, folks.  You’re free to make up your own minds on who may be right.

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First critical vote webpage published on JBEfraud: The vote for Louisiana Speaker of the House. Expect tracking of critical tax measures from upcoming Special Session to follow.

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Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia

 

Sound Off Louisiana today published its first “critical vote” entry onto its sister website, JBEfraud.com:  the vote for Louisiana Speaker of the House.  The material presented is duplicated below:

 

 
January 17, 2016
Robert Burns elaborates on the House Speaker vote and provides commentary on critical upcoming votes in the 2016 Special Session entailing massive tax increases. CLICK HERE for Times Picayune article on upcoming “menu” of tax options.   CLICK HERE for an EXCELLENT article by The Hayride’s Scott McKay entailing how fast JBE is to resort to tax increases and contrasts that with Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy’s emphatic portrayals of wasteful spending within Louisiana’s budget and his emphatic statement that raising taxes is NOT the solution!

CLICK HERE for itemized votes for the Louisiana Speaker of the House and the EIGHT (8) Republicans Willing to support Democrat Walt Leger for Speaker.

 

 

Links for the EIGHT (8) Republicans voting for JBE’s choice for Speaker of the House, Democrat Walt Leger:

 

 

Bryan Adams, R-Gretna (District 85) 

 

Charles Chaney, R-Rayville (District 19) (term limited)

 

Patrick Connick, R-Merraro (District 84) (term limited)

 

Chris Hazel, R-Pineville (District 27) (term limited)

 

Stephanie Hilferty, R-New Orleans / Metairie (District 94)

Note:  Hilferty was the only one of the 8 Republicans to vote for Rep. Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia) in the second round of voting over JBE’s Democratic nominee, Walt Leger.

 

Joseph Lopinto III, R-Metairie (District 80) (term limited)

 

 

Robert Shadoin, R-Ruston (District 12) 

 

 

CLICK HERE for an OUTSTANDING article by The Hayride’s Scott McKay entailing all of the behind-the-scenes action leading up to the first critical-vote showdown of JBE’s tenure as Louisiana Governor.

 

Also, as we posted on the Edmonson appointment webpage on this site, readers WILL NOT want to miss this OUTSTANDING investigative report by The Hayride’s John Binder entailing the alleged corruption and unethical, illegal channeling of Louisiana State Trooper Association (LSTA) dues into JBE’s campaign via a straw donor, David Young!

 

As always, the entire historical tracking of JBE’s actions is available at JBEfraud.com.

 

 

 

 

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