|Senator Jack Donahue Newsletter - Past Mid-point|
|Tuesday, May 25 2010 - 2:09 pm|
Last week I referenced the budget problems and explained my three areas of concern. How we take care of our financial problems today has everything to do with what type of state we will have in the future. Almost every state is having financial problems and obviously Louisiana is no exception. I would like to reiterate my proposed solution, SB293, which I will reintroduce this week on the senate floor. SB293 would make state government smaller by setting a goal of reducing state employees by 5% each year for three years. If we find the political fortitude to actually pass this bill, we can save around $700 million over the next three years. If you agree with my proposed solution contained in SB293, I encourage you to contact all Senators in the legislature and encourage them to vote with me on the passage of this bill.
I am receiving a lot of correspondence from people who are very concerned about the oil spill and its long term effects on the state. I, too, am concerned about the environmental and financial impact that Louisiana is suffering now and will continue to suffer for years to come. I do not believe that the federal government should just simply make the statement that BP is responsible and let them have carte blanche on decision making in the gulf. Stopping the flow of oil and cleaning up the gulf are critical to maintaining our way of life. The governor is pushing to quickly rebuild the barrier islands in an effort to prevent more oil from reaching our coastline. However, he cannot get approval/permission from the Corps of Engineers to start the project. I think he has reached the limit of his patience and may start the massive project with or without federal approval. For updates, contact information and volunteer information regarding the oil spill, please visit my website at www.senatorjackdonahue.com and go to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill link.
The executive budget, HB1, is still being examined by the House Appropriations Committee, and I believe it will be heard on the House floor as early as this week. Once passed on the House floor, HB1 will be heard in Senate Finance, of which I am a member. Many budget questions still remain unanswered, and I will work to keep you up to date on the issues and the proposed solutions as the situation unfolds. Since the legislature’s final adjournment of the 2010 Regular Session must be no later than June 21, 2010, many decisions will need to be made very soon.
Until next week, I remain . . .
Thank you for all your support,