A group of state employees and retirees is attempting to raise funds to finance a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Division of Administration over the pirating of nearly a quarter-billion dollars of the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) reserve fund.
LA VERITE (French for Truth, but also an acronym for Louisiana Voices of Employees and Retirees for Insurance Truth and Equity) is soliciting donations to help pay the legal fees required to file and to pursue the litigation to prevent Jindal from dipping further into what once was a reserve fund of more than $500 million in order to balance his perpetually out-of-kilter state budget.
Below is a letter LouisianaVoice received from LA VERITE which is self-explanatory:
GIVE YOURSELF A CHRISTMAS GIFT –
INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE
DONATE TODAY TO SUE BOBBY JINDAL AND
STOP THE OGB HEALTH PLAN CHANGES THAT WILL KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM HAVING AFFORDABLE INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE
Are you ready to join the fight to stop Bobby Jindal’s illegal destruction of the Office of Group Benefits? You can be a part of the challenge to Bobby Jindal’s plan to prevent state employees and retirees from having decent, affordable, comprehensive health insurance.
PLEASE DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD TO LA VERITE’ SO WE CAN FILE A LAWSUIT TO STOP THE CRIPPLNG INCREASES IN OUT-OF-POCKET (YOUR POCKET) COSTS OF THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS TAKING EFFECT ON MARCH 1, 2015.
We cannot file the lawsuit until funds have been raised to do so.
Please send a check or money order as soon as possible to:
7575 Jefferson Hwy. #35
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
HELP STOP THE ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL THEFT OF
YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY.
Jindal plans to balance the state budget on us – state employees and retirees. Can you afford to pay for his giveaways to his rich friends through tax breaks that have drained the state budget? We will be paying for Jindal’s corrupt practices long after he is gone. See the news story below:
From The Advocate: ‘State budget saving report brings questions':
Marsha Shuler Dec. 08, 2014
The Jindal administration is two-thirds of the way toward achieving savings called for in the state’s $25 billion budget for the current fiscal year, officials told a legislative committee Monday….The administration updated the committee on goals contained in the Governmental Efficiencies Management Support report released in June. The overall report, submitted by private consultants Alvarez & Marsal, identifies more than $2.7 billion savings or revenue generating ideas that the state will implement over the next five years across all areas of operations…. About $1 billion of the savings is expected to come from the state Office of Group Benefits which provides insurance to some 230,000 state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents. Changes are currently underway, including increased premiums and shifting more out-of-pocket expenses to plan members.
After years without merit increases, some state employees finally received a raise last year, and most received a four percent raise Oct. 1. Our paychecks would be approximately 20 percent more if we had received regular merit increases during the Jindal years. While Jindal pretends not to raise taxes, we state employees are being taxed in effect, to fund tax breaks for the very wealthy.
THERE WILL BE NO RAISE IN 2015 DUE TO THE CURRENT FISCAL CRISIS – A HUGE DEFICIT THIS FISCAL YEAR. Drastic mid-year budget cuts will soon be announced to attempt to deal with THE LOOMING $1.4 BILLION DEFICIT NEXT FISCAL YEAR.
Jindal has privatized OGB and raided the trust fund, so now we are facing increased premiums, imposition of deductibles where none existed before, and confusing plans that have been repeatedly changed so we cannot understand the coverage….all designed to further punish hardworking, dedicated public servants. After withholding our merit increases for years Jindal now plans to impose crippling increases in our healthcare costs that most of us cannot afford.
Jindal and Kristi Nichols have refused to abide by the requirements of the Louisiana Administrative Procedures Act (APA) – actions which the Attorney General has ruled illegal, meaning their OGB agenda is not legal. They are thumbing their noses at the law, and jeopardizing the wellbeing of almost a quarter of a million Louisiana citizens. Help stop the most corrupt administration in modern state history from carrying out their plan to cause further financial harm to you and your family.
LA VERITE’ is a group of state employees and retirees seeking to bring a lawsuit to prevent Jindal and Kristi Nichols from forcing us into poorly designed, expensive health plans that we cannot afford. Anyone can join LA Verite’ – in fact, you already belong if you are an active or retired Louisiana state employee.
LA Verite’ is French for TRUTH, and stands for LouisianA Voices of Employees and Retirees for Insurance Truth and Equity.
Contact us at LA.Verite2015@outlook.com
Remember: as a civil servant, you have the right to participate in activities concerning issues that impact you. You may publicly support or oppose issues other than support of candidates or political parties (Civil Service General Circular Number 2014-021). We have also consulted a state ethics attorney who assures that we are within our rights. This effort is legal and ethical.
However, be assured that your donation to LA VERITE’ to help fund the OGB lawsuit will be kept confidential. Your identity will not be made public. Donations are not tax deductible.
Please share this information with co-workers. Forward the email or print it out and pass it on. Truth and equity in 2015!