Another case of “insider manipulation of the system” was revealed by Tom Aswell and LouisianaVoice recently that deserves close scrutiny . If any department in Louisiana government had key workers whose pay raises disproportionately exceeded all others in the department, auditors should have reason to question. Four state police officers closely affiliated with the Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police (LSP), Colonel Mike Edmonson, have enjoyed not only rapid advancement through the ranks, but they have been rewarded with combined pay raises totaling more than $115,000 (an average of $28,750 each) in the 6 ½ years since Edmonson was appointed superintendent on Jan. 14, 2007, the same day Bobby Jindal was sworn in as governor.
Those pay raises, it should be pointed out, were for promotions and do not include the $42 million appropriated this year by the legislature for pay raises for all state troopers. The alarm raised by a group of retired state troopers point out inconsistencies in Edmonson’s version of events surrounding the amendment to a Senate bill that bumped his retirement income up by $55,000 per year while at the same time, calling on Edmonson to demand that the Louisiana State Police Retirement System (LSPRS) board take “immediate action to legally enjoin Act 859 and further seek a ruling on this unconstitutional law.”
In their letter, the retired troopers even dropped a thinly-veiled hint that Read more
The seventh floor of the Bienville Building on North 4th Street in Baton Rouge became a beehive of activity recently when employees of a temporary personnel service moved in to begin shredding “tons of documents,” according to an employee of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).
DHH is headquartered in the Bienville Building and the source told LouisianaVoice that the shredding, undertaken “under the guise of being efficient and cleaning,” involves documents that date back as far as the 1980s.
“The significance of this is that this is occurring in the midst of a lawsuit (that) DHH is filing against Molina in relation to activities that go back to the ‘80s,” the employee said. “Everyone is questioning the timing. Westaff temporary people have been in the copy room of the seventh floor for approximately two weeks now, all day, every day, shredding documents.”
The employee said so many documents were being shredded “that the floor is full of dust and employees have been ordered to clean on designated cleaning days” and that locked garbage cans filled with shredded documents “are being hauled from the building daily.”
LouisianaVoice submitted an inquiry to DHH that requested an Read more
by CB Forgotston
[this is a combination of several releases regarding the issue of SB 294]
The citizens of Louisiana are in the midst of having our money stolen in what is the equivalent of a daylight train robbery.
According to the Associated Press, the Louisiana State Police Retirement Systems claims to be investigating the Edmonson Amendment.
Irwin Felps, executive director of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System, said Wednesday the system’s attorneys are reviewing whether the law change was handled properly. Felps hopes to have an opinion letter within two weeks. Ibid.
These statements were in response to State Treasurer John Kennedy’s second request for a LSBRS Board meeting. Still no meeting has been called to address the subject.
Taxpayers ignored by leges
This issue is not just about some State Troopers’ retirement benefits. If the Edmonson Amendment is not declared unconstitutional the taxpayers face infinite financial exposure, not only Read more
Lee Zurik investigative reporter with WVUE-TV in New Orleans revealed last night that it was Senator Neil Riser who put the amendment into the Conference Committee Report on SB 294 that gave La. State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson an extra $55,000 a year retirement benefit for the rest of his life. ( See story here.) Riser’s lie
On July 16, 2014, I sent via email this message to Riser: “Neil,
You were a member of the Conference Committee that added an amendment to SB 294 of the 2014 Regular Session that granted special retirement benefits to certain members of the La. State Police.
I know that such changes don’t come from thin air or accidentally get into such reports. Please tell me:
1) Who asked you to put the amendment into the Conference Committee Read more
Another issue has arisen, that should have waved a red flag to the six conferees (Senators JP Morrell, Neil Riser, Mike Walsworth and Representatives Walt Leger, Bryan Adams and Jeff Arnold) on SB 294 of the 2014 Regular Session.
With the exception of Adams, all are veteran leges. Two of the leges are attorneys and should know the law, especially the Speaker Pro Tem who should also be very familiar with the specific laws governing the lege process as he is often called to rule on them.
SB 294, if you recall, is the legislation that provided State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson a gift from the taxpayers of an extra $30,000 a year for the rest of his and his family’s life.
The leges have admitted knowing that the amendment affected the state retirement systems. Therefore, they should have noticed that there was no Actuarial Note attached to the Conference Read more
In his latest column, Tom Aswell reports that two leges are calling for an investigation into “Bastard Amendment” that gave State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson a gift from the taxpayers of an extra $30,000 a year for the rest of his and his family’s life. See here.
Kudos to Representatives Edwards and Pearson for stepping up to protect the integrity of the lege process by calling for an investigation. Thus far, no member of the State Senate has done likewise, despite evidence that implicates a senior Senate staffer. She needs to be Read more
State Representative Roy Burrell has an annual “Look at Me” summer program to showcase his “leadership”; – – its called Bizcamp. Burrell’s Inner City Entrepreneur Institute (I.C.E.), a private non-profit corporation, puts on this one week educational event for approximately 30 kids. While touting how this one week session for 12 – 14 year olds will somehow save American capitalism, Burrell fails to discuss what’s in it for him. It’s simple, – – big bucks! [KTBS research ev pandas story and abuse!]
In the last 4 years I.C.E. has received grants totaling $85,000 from the Caddo Commission and $50,000 from the City of Shreveport. Burrell has also received many contributions from Shreveport businesses that obviously have been leaned on by Burrell. The total I.C.E. received from the city for 8 years, from 2005 thru 2013 (figures for 2010-11 are still unavailable), totaled $315,000! This averaged almost $40,000 a year alone from Shreveport.
Contributions to I.C.E. are tax deductible and do not count as political contributions, – -albeit there is little doubt that these dollars are paid for that purpose.
Burrell and I.C.E. have refused to respond to public records requests concerning the finances of I.C.E. and particularly Burrell’s salary. A review of federal tax returns of I.C.E. for the tax years 2009 – 2012 did reveal information that Burrell obviously did not want Read more
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover showed up at the Shreveport Hotel for an 8:00 AM breakfast meeting prepared to open a big can of worms. Starting with the inner-city I-49 corridor plans, moving to the 3132 extension, Jim Larkin development and I-69 master plan, and capping off a one-hour-forty minute presentation with the repeated attacks by insider financial interests on Calvin Grigsby’s attempt to diversify the “good-ole-white-boy club” of financial advisors, Glover hit both Republican bigotry and greed as the root of growth problems the city and nation face in upcoming elections and decisions of policy. Even the Shreveport Dog Park became a target, again! It was a very rambling presentation of One Hour thirty five minutes, as I’m sure many think this article.
Seldom have so many broad areas been covered with a small group and general expectations that the audience would generate attendance at a city council meeting-rally to be held this afternoon at Government Plaza. If readers and the media (KTBS was the only mainstream media representative I saw in attendance) fail to get the message out, it will be social media and bloggers who recount the rambling message covered.Read more
Yesterday, in the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee of our Louisiana Legislature, we saw some of legislators blatantly say that the purpose of Senate Bill 469 is to kill the Big Oil Lawsuit.
Furthermore, Senator Bret Allain, the author of S.B. 469, is so focused on stopping the lawsuit, that he has proposed legislation that could put millions of dollars of federal funding at risk. Our legislators are protecting the interests of Big Oil and not Citizens!
Senator Allain and also Senator Robert Adley are so intent on stopping the lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies for the damage to our protective coastal wetlands that the consequences of this bill have not been thought out. And the proposed legislation may also be illegal! Please click here and urge your state representative to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 469. http://go.levees.org/SB469