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Sometimes I just don’t understand my state. Yeah that’s right, born and raised but I got out at some point too. Still came back. Anyway, with the new flood maps out and the Corp of Engineers releasing the 100-year storm protection plan, it’s time to connect the dots.
The Corp of Engineers says that to provide 100 year Gulf Coast flood protection it will cost 7.5 Billion to keep Louisiana safe from flooding during a Cat 3 storm or larger. Or so they say. That’s not really the issue. According to federal guidelines, Louisiana will be required to come up with 35 % of the cost, which means Louisiana’s share would be about 2.6 billion.
This is the thing that drives me bonkers about my state. Right after the announcement about the cost, out come the press releases from Louisiana lawmakers saying, “we can’t afford our share”. Bullshit. We can afford our share but the “leaders” don’t want to stop the vote buying crap that has been this state’s tradition for 40 years.
Louisiana has a state budget of, get this, 33.4 Billion dollars. Did you know that in 2000, our state budget was 12 Billion? 7 years later and we’re spending 20 Billion dollars more a year? WTF??!! It’s insane. Louisiana has the HIGHEST state government payroll per capita in the United States. Which means the state of Louisiana employs more workers per person than any other state in the country. What do we as a state get for this fantastic investment in her people? Crap is what we get. Horrible roads. Possibly the worst public education system in the country. Have you been to the DMV? That’s what we get. It’s lunacy.
The state of Louisiana continues to fund over 1500 state jobs that are not filled at this time. That means some department somewhere gets money for a certain job. If the job is not filled, that agency keeps the money and can do whatever it sees fit with that extra cash. MY CASH! YOUR CASH! It’s taxpayer money stupid! During this last budget session, the state actually ADDED 1000 state jobs.
This is my point and probably most of the locals will not like it but I could care less. Yes the Feds should help fund this so called 100-year protection. But the citizens of this state have a responsibility here as well. We cannot continue to think the rest of America owes us something. We’ve gotten tons of help from average Joes and Janes already. This state MUST step up to the plate, slash some of this crap that politicians continue to waste OUR money on and handle some of our own business.
If you’re in another part of America, I suggest you contact your Senator and or Congressperson. Insist to them that the Feds help pay for a levee system that we can trust as Americans. But also insist to them that the Government of Louisiana step up to the plate and pay it’s fair share as well. Don’t let the state politicians get away with funding pet projects and letting the lobbyist run this state anymore. We locally can’t seem to get it together so the rest of the country needs to make it a requirement that WE CARRY OUR SHARE.