|Senator Jack Donahue Newsletter - Complicating Factors|
|Friday, May 07 2010 - 3:12 pm|
Well, the landscape in Baton Rouge has really changed since the oil spill in the gulf occurred. The big change is that the Governor and his staff are focused on the problems associated with protecting Louisiana’s coast, which leaves them little time to work with the legislature on key issues. The crisis caused Senate President Joel Chaisson to cancel all senate meetings for Thursday and Friday. We will be back in session on Monday, May 10.
Also at the request of President Chaisson, controversial bills were not heard this week which means next week will be a lollapalooza because all the difficult bills will be up for debate next week
Next week I will present my Senate Bill 293 on the senate floor which reduces the size of state government by eliminating 5% of the employees per year for three years. It will be a difficult bill to pass, but the truth is that state government must get smaller. We simply cannot afford to maintain state government with the number of employees we have today.
All the streamlining bills I have presented so far have passed committee and are either waiting to be debated on the senate floor or have already passed the senate floor.
I am hearing from many of you regarding issues you are concerned about, and I really like hearing from you as your comments keep me well grounded in issues important to my constituency, the Northshore and our great state. I am getting visits at the capitol from many of you, and it is really nice to see both friendly and familiar faces. Please let me know how if I can be of further assistance to you.
Thank you for all your support,