U. S. Congressman Garret Graves, R-LA.
Appearing before the Baton Rouge Press Club (BRPC) on Monday, August 7, 2017, U. S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-LA, emphatically stated that former U. S. Sen. David Vitter’s assertion that DOTD spends only 11% of the state-level funds it takes in on actual highway and road construction is “sound.” Meanwhile, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Commissioner of Administration, appearing before the BRPC on Monday, June 12, 2017 readily admitted that he has no idea what the number is:
Graves emphatically reinforces Vitter’s 11% DOTD state-level efficiency claim and refutes Gov. Edwards’ Revenue Secretary, Kimberly Robinson’s, claim that the figure is inaccurate.
Meanwhile, Gov. Edwards’ Commission of Administration, Jay Dardenne, despite making $230,000 a year to essentially serve as Louisiana’s Chief Financial Officer, and whose hiring by Gov. Edwards had an IMMEDIATE approximate $615,000 increase on the LASERS Unfunded Accrued Pension Liability, readily admits that he has no idea what the correct figure is.
Graves responds to a question by Sound Off Louisiana‘s Robert Burns entailing whether Gov. Edwards’ appointees’ actions of hiring convicted felon Larry S. Bankston to serve as legal counsel for critical flood recovery boards and commissions such as the Contractor’s Board and the Amite River Basin Commission (which directs and oversees the construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal) may send the wrong message to his colleagues in Washington, DC.
CLICK HERE for Congressman Graves’ 7/7/17 BRPC presentation in its entirety.
CLICK HERE for Commissioner Jay Dardenne’s 6/12/17 BRPC presentation in its entirety (perhaps he was too busy drafting a poem at the request of Public Radio’s Sue Lincoln to study up on DOTD’s efficiency level). After all, that poem comprised the vast majority of The Advocate’s fluff piece on his BRPC appearance.
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