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I-12 exit may hit another pothole PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 07 2009 - 5:01 pm

Permit still in doubt for La. 1088 project
By Kia Hall Hayes
St. Tammany bureau

Less than a week before bids are to be solicited for the long-awaited Interstate 12 interchange at Louisiana 1088 near Mandeville, local and state officials are again having to fight to push the project forward.

State Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, said he and other officials were informed only last week that the Army Corps of Engineers was not issuing a permit for the $20 million project until additional information is provided.

The project, which has been in the works for nearly two decades, last hit a roadblock in February because of a budget shortfall at the state Department of Transportation and Development. Additional money was secured to put the project back on schedule, but "now we have to face this," Donahue said Tuesday.

"We're going to try to mount some type of offensive to get this project back on track," he said.

Donahue wants to put the skids on rolling millages PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 07 2009 - 11:28 am

Northshore Sen. Jack Donahue wants to put the skids on the practice of rolling forward millages after property is reappraised. The Mandeville legislator has proposed a bill that would limit a taxing authority's power to roll forward millages without first getting voter approval. Such entities could only increase the tax rate enough to collect up to 2.5% more than they did the previous calendar year. In an interview Wednesday morning, Donahue says if the legislation moves forward, he may limit its reach to unelected entities only. "People have the opportunity to make changes to elected boards like councils with their vote if they don't approve of their actions," Donahue says. "But that's not the case with appointed boards, because they aren't elected." Reappraisals were highly controversial in St. Tammany Parish, where some 3,000 homeowners appealed their assessed values. "I had a crescendo of e-mail and phone calls and conversations from people whose property values had gone up, and then many of these boards rolled millages foward," Donahue says. "It cost people a lot of taxes, and they were understandably upset." Because such a restriction requires an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution, Donahue's proposal itself would require voter approval. The bill calls for an election on Nov. 2, 2010, with the new rule taking effect Jan. 1, 2011. — PF (1012 Corridor)

St. Tammany News - Donahue expects big budget battle in upcoming session PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 17 2009 - 9:23 am

"Even with the frugal budget presented by Gov. Bobby Jindal, there will be some hand wringing during the session." - State Sen. Jack Donahue. (from St. Tammany News)

Sen. Jack Donahue Wants Progress Report from TIMED Program Highway Improvement Projects PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 05 2009 - 11:06 am

From the Times-Picayune, February 4, 2009


"A special five-member Senate committee is expected to grill state transportation department officials Wednesday about the progress and costs of the Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development, or TIMED, program. Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Covington, chairman of the TIMED Program Senate Study Committee and author of the legislation creating the panel, said the program started almost 20 years ago as a way to improve highways along 11 corridors, build or widen three bridges and improve the airport and port in New Orleans -- all for a cost of $1.1 billion financed by 4 cents of the state's 20-cent gasoline tax. Now, he said, the program is costing more than $5 billion and two projects have not yet started: a highway improvement project in St. Tammany and the construction of a new Florida Avenue bridge in New Orleans. "I want to see where they are," Donahue said. "It is not a witch hunt." He said he wants to know when the other projects will get started, when the entire program will be finished and the revised costs of the unfinished or unstarted projects. Department of Transportation and Development Secretary William Ankner said last year that some of the 16 cents now used for non-TIMED road projects may have to be redirected to the special program to finance its completion. Donahue's legislation requires the committee to make a written report of its findings and recommendations for possible legislation to the full Senate no later than April 6."

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Link to Louisiana TIMED Program Web Site

Legislators wary of proposal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, December 18 2008 - 4:46 pm -  By MARSHA SHULER - Advocate Capitol News Bureau - December 18, 2008

Votes sought to get federal waivers on health-care plan

Senate President Joel Chaisson II, D-Destrehan, left; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Michot, R-Lafayette; and Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Covington; listen as LSU System Vice President Fred Cerise testified Wednesday about the potential impact of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s health-care revamp on LSU’s medical education programs that train the state’s future physicians. Cerise said diversion of health-care dollars for the uninsured away from public hospitals could undermine physician training.


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