Weekly Update March 2, 2014
This week, Governor Jindal attended a meeting at the White House where he criticized President Obama for not doing enough to create jobs. Governor Jindal stood just outside the White House and called out the President for only fighting for a minimum wage economy. Governor Jindal also traveled this week to West Monroe to honor Duck Commander and the Robertson family.
Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:
Governor Jindal Penned A Column For National Review That Criticized President Obama For Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs. “In recent weeks, President Obama and his allies have emphasized his willingness to go it alone and use his executive power to achieve his policy aims. … The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the administration’s own actions have in recent weeks confirmed what most of us in the rest of the country already knew: President Obama’s agenda creates disincentives for Americans to work, incentivizes employers to hire fewer people, and exacerbates the inequality the White House denounces. The American people deserve a better economic-growth agenda from Washington. And if President Obama wants to give them one, he can. With the power of the pen and the phone, he can roll back policies which are creating barriers for innovation, implement policies which encourage investment, and build toward the future with reforms that will help prepare Americans for the challenge of tomorrow’s economy.”
Speaking Outside The White House, Governor Jindal Criticized President Obama For Surrendering On Economic Growth And Declared President Obama’s Economy A Minimum Wage Economy. Jindal criticized the Obama administration for waving a "white flag of surrender" on the economy… "I think there are things we can do instead of waving the white flag of surrender, instead of declaring this economy to be a minimum wage economy. I think our economy, I think America can do better," Jindal said at a news conference after the Obama meeting.
The Huffington Post Referred To Governor Jindal’s Criticism Of President Obama As A “Roundhouse Punch.” His roundhouse punch at President Barack Obama's policies, while standing on the White House driveway a few feet from the Oval Office and surrounded by governors of both parties … And moments after launching a free-for-all in front of the microphones outside the West Wing, Jindal walked across Pennsylvania Avenue and into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he took the helm of a press conference with the Republican Governors Association. … Monday morning, Jindal published an op-ed with 10 bullet-point suggestions for the president on improving the economy and job creation, accusing him of giving up on helping the middle class.
The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker Wrote About Governor Jindal’s Message To President Obama. In town for the National Governors Association winter meeting, Jindal joined other state chief executives in front of the White House after a meeting with the president. Taking the microphone, Jindal said among other things that “the Obama economy is now the minimum-wage economy,” and the president is “waving the white flag of surrender.”
Governor Jindal Continued His Critique Of President Obama In A Speech To The Illinois Republican Party. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took aim at President Barack Obama from a podium in Chicago on Tuesday night, a day after he breached the normally cordial bipartisan protocol at a meeting of the National Governors Association by criticizing the president outside the White House. “I went to the president’s house and said some things about this President Obama minimum wage economy that they didn’t like to hear,” Jindal told an Illinois Republican Party dinner crowd at the Union League Club. “I’m not sure if he heard me at the White House, so I decided to come to his hometown to say some of those same things so maybe he’ll hear me in Chicago.”
Governor Jindal Appeared On MSNBC’s Morning Joe And Did Not Apologize For ”Breaking Etiquette” At The White House. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) gave no apology Wednesday regarding his harsh words for President Obama outside the White House earlier this week. Jindal was criticized for breaching etiquette while blasting the president outside the White House during a press conference Monday after a group of governors met with Obama. “I'm not really sorry for saying it, but to those who are offended, I didn't really follow the [National Governors Association] etiquette book, the reality is the substance is more important,” Jindal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Republicans and the president have major disagreements on a number of issues, Jindal said, citing the Keystone XL pipeline, an increase of the minimum wage and education reform. “In American, we don't have a king and the reality is that that house belongs to the people,” he said.
Politifact Confirmed Governor Jindal’s Statement That Louisiana’s Economy Has Outpaced the Nation. “Well, the great thing is, we're doing exactly what the president has not. Cut taxes, reform debt, make some investment in workforce training, make it easier for businesses to create jobs. And here's the record. In Louisiana, we now have more people working, highest incomes in our state's history. Larger population than ever before. And the president can't say all those things about the country. Our economy has grown 50 percent faster than the national GDP, even since the national recession."… Jindal said, "Our economy (in Louisiana) has grown 50 percent faster than the national GDP, even since the national recession.” The time frame Jindal’s office said he used -- from 2007 to 2012 -- is a reasonable one …
Governor Jindal Traveled To West Monroe To Honor The Duck Dynasty Crew For Their Entrepreneurial Success And Commitment To Louisiana. On Thursday, Jindal traveled to West Monroe to the Duck Commander headquarters, where he presented the Robertson family with the inaugural Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence… Jindal said he “couldn’t think of a better business or family” to receive the first Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and promised there will be more… Jindal noted patriarch Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay, earned barely more than $8,000 during the first year he began manufacturing duck calls in the early 1970s. Today the company is worth more than $400 million, according to some reports.
Governor Jindal Unveiled Legislation In Support Of Louisiana’s Veterans. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that he'll ask lawmakers to create a specialized court program to treat military veterans convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. The program would be modeled after the state's drug court program, which diverts people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes to substance abuse treatment with probation supervision, … Jindal said veterans have specialized circumstances and should have their own treatment programs, which would also assist with mental health illnesses, job training and housing aid.
A Federal Appeals Court Reversed A Previous Order Blocking Some Of Governor Jindal’s Education Reforms. A federal appeals court has reversed a district judge's order blocking some of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies in Tangipahoa Parish… The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday vacated Lemelle's injunction, saying there was no proof that the state had violated - or will violate - federal law in the case.
The Jindal Administration Is Working With Education Stakeholders On Teacher Tenure Reforms. In an unusual gathering, a wide range of educators who often clash with Gov. Bobby Jindal met behind closed doors Tuesday with Jindal aides and others to consider ways to revamp the way teachers appeal dismissals… Leaders of two teacher unions said Tuesday they were encouraged by the talks…
A Software Company Is Moving To New Orleans That Will Help Create A Total Of 117 Jobs. Performance Software Corp., of Phoenix, will establish a software development center in New Orleans, creating 58 jobs with annual salaries of $75,000 plus benefits. The announcement was made Thursday by company CEO Tim Bigelow and the Louisiana economic development department. LED estimates the project will result in 59 indirect jobs for a total of 117 jobs. … “We’re proud that Performance Software chose Louisiana over several other states for the creation of a new software development location that will support the energy, defense, aerospace and health-care industries,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said.
Governor Jindal Announced IT Minerals Will Be Opening A Processing And Exporting Facility At The Port Of New Orleans That Will Create 40 Jobs. IT Minerals, a newly formed company, is investing $4.5 million to build an importing, processing and exporting facility at the Port of New Orleans, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday (Feb. 28). Jindal said the company chose Louisiana over several other states, based on the region's strong business climate and "robust transportation infrastructure." The move is expected to create 12 new direct jobs and 28 indirect jobs. By setting up in New Orleans, IT Minerals, which manufacturers lightweight aggregates and fillers for polymer-based products, will gain access to the Industrial Canal and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. The location also will allow the company to import materials from rock quarries in Mexico, and export its products to markets across the U.S. and, eventually, Central and South America.
An Alternative Fuel Production Facility Will Be Making It’s Home in Central Louisiana, Creating And Supporting Hundreds Of Jobs. Company officials and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were in town Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony for the plant — Cool Planet’s first commercial production facility… The plant in Alexandria will employ 24 people and cost about $56 million to build. Together, the three Louisiana plants are expected to support about 422 indirect jobs. “It’s great for the environment, great for the economy, it’s great for our timber industry,” Jindal said. “We’re producing more energy here at home, which is great for the country. It’s so rare when you get a win-win-win like this. This is one of the most exciting projects we’ve announced.”