Our October fund raiser enters its final five days and we still need assistance to help us offset the cost of pursuing legal action against an administration that prefers to conduct its business behind closed doors and out of sight of the people to whom they are supposed to answer.
We also are launching an ambitious project that will involve considerable time and expense. If Gov. Bobby Jindal does seek higher office as it becomes more and more apparent that he will, the people of America need to know the real story of what he has done to our state and its people. Voters in the other 49 states need to know not Jindal’s version of his accomplishments as governor, but the truth about:
- What has occurred with CNSI and Bruce Greenstein;
- How Jindal squandered the Office of Group Benefits $500 million reserve fund;
- The lies the administration told us two years ago about how state employee benefits would not be affected by privatization;
- The lies about how Buck Consultants advised the administration to cut health care premiums when the company’s July report said just the opposite;
- How Jindal attempted unsuccessfully to gut state employee retirement benefits;
- How Jindal attempted to sneak a significant retirement benefit into law for the Superintendent of State Police;
- How Jindal appointees throughout state government have abused the power entrusted to them;
- How Jindal has attempted a giveaway plan for state hospitals that has yet to be approved by the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS);
- How regulations have been skirted so that Jindal could reward supporters with favorable purchases and contracts;
- How Jindal fired employees and demoted legislators for the simple transgression of disagreeing with him;
- How Jindal has refused Medicaid expansion that has cost hundreds of thousands of Louisiana’s poor the opportunity to obtain medical care;
- How Jindal has gutted appropriations to higher education in Louisiana, forcing tuition increases detrimental to students;
- How Jindal has attempted to systematically destroy public education in Louisiana;
- How Jindal has refused federal grants that could have gone far in developing internet services for rural areas and high speed rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans;
- How Jindal has rewarded major contributors with appointments to key boards and commissions;
- How Jindal attempted to use the court system to persecute an agency head who refused to knuckle under to illegal demands from the governor’s office;
- How Jindal has manipulated the state budget each year he has been in office in a desperate effort to smooth over deficit after deficit;
- And most of all, how Jindal literally abandoned the state while still governor so that he could pursue his quixotic dream of becoming president.
To this end, LouisianaVoice Editor Tom Aswell will be spending the next several months researching and writing a book chronicling the Jindal administration. Should Jindal become a presidential contender or even if he is selected as another candidate’s vice presidential running mate, such a book could have a national impact and even affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
This project is going to take time and involve considerable expense as we compile our research and prepare the book for publication in time for the 2016 election.
To accomplish this, we need your help.
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