This week, Governor Jindal wrote that he opposes Common Core because he doesn’t want local control of education to be taken away from parents and teachers by federal bureaucrats.  The Governor gave a well-received address to the Western Conservative Summit where he told attendees what he fears most about President Obama’s record is his push to redefine the American dream.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Wrote Of His Opposition To Common Core, “We Have Fought Too Hard To Sit Idly By And Allow Educational Choice And Local Control Of Curriculum To Be Taken Away From Parents And Educators.” [W]hen parents and teachers began to speak up in opposition to the one-size-fits-all nature of the Common Core standards and the tests that came with it, we listened. Much of the education community is increasingly concerned that the Common Core mandates will mean local school districts have less control over curriculum. Many have described a rushed process where the education bureaucrats and the folks in Washington D.C. did an end run around parents and educators to implement these standards without proper input. … The simple fact is that proponents of Common Core weren’t upfront about the level of federal government control involved once states accepted the one-size-fits all standards. We shouldn’t let a national consortium of federal bureaucrats dictate how Louisiana educates its children. We have fought too hard to sit idly by and allow educational choice and local control of curriculum to be taken away from parents and educators. Our children’s future is too important to get this wrong.

A Survey Was Released Showing Louisiana Residents Are Some Of The Happiest In The Country. People living in Louisiana are very happy!  …  ”Because we have so much to do down here,” one local told WWL First News.  ”You have so much entertainment, hospitality.” Other pointed to the amazing closeness of families and friends in Louisiana, without the rat race of some other places. “Life isn’t as hectic,” one man said.  ”It’s casual, laid back.  I like it… it seems every time new people come, the want to stay.” We found one woman who proved his point. “I’m from Michigan.  I came to visit and never left,” she explained.  ”I love it here.” Others pointed to how friendly people are in Louisiana and all of the celebrations. “There’s so much going on,” one woman said. … The top five happiest cities are all in Louisiana … Of the top 60 cities with the happiest people, eight are in Louisiana.

Governor Jindal Addressed The Western Conservative Summit, Telling Attendees He Fears President Obama Is Redefining And Abandoning The American Dream. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal kicked off the Western Conservative Summit by telling the crowd that what fears most about President Obama is his push to redefine the American dream. “If you listen to this president’s policies, if you listen to his rhetoric, you hear a president trying to divide us by class, by geography, by gender, by race,” said Mr. Jindal. “You hear a president talking to us about how government needs to get bigger and more intrusive and more powerful.” … Mr. Jindal said the president’s message is far different from the one taught by his parents, who emigrated from India to Louisiana shortly before he was born. “I don’t know about you, but the American dream I learned about from my parents was never about ending,” said Mr. Jindal. “It was never about class warfare. The American dream I learned about was an America whose best days were always ahead of us.”

Louisiana Lawmakers Filed Suit To Seek An Immediate Suspension Of Common Core In Louisiana. Lawmakers in Louisiana filed a lawsuit Monday in Baton Rouge district court that seeks an immediate suspension of the Common Core standards in the state’s schools. According to the Associated Press, the 17 legislators … argue in the suit that state education leaders failed to properly enact the controversial standards … In June, Jindal issued executive orders to remove his state from the controversial Common Core standards and the assessments tied to them. He based this move on the argument that the decision by the Louisiana Department of Education to sign onto the PARCC Common Core test consortium was unlawful because it bypassed the state’s procurement law which requires an open bidding process.

Governor Jindal Announced An Illinois Based Chemical Company Is Considering A $70 Million Investment In Louisiana That Would Create A Total Of Over 130 New Jobs. An Illinois-based chemical company announced with Gov. Bobby Jindal Friday its interest in building a manufacturing site in Ascension Parish that could mean 33 new jobs in the Baton Rouge area. The potential investment from Stepan Company — which makes chemicals used in a cleaning products, insulation, adhesives and other industries — would bring $60-$70 million to the Greater Baton Rouge Area. According to a press releases sent by Jindal’s office, the move would also create 98 indirect jobs, for a total of 131 jobs. The direct jobs would carry an annual average salary of $70,000. … “Increasingly, the world’s leading businesses — from energy companies to advanced manufacturers and technology innovators — are choosing Louisiana and recognizing our state as the new frontier for business opportunity,” Jindal said.

Governor Jindal’s Plan To Turn Government-Run Hospitals Into Public-Private Partnerships Is Causing Health Services To Expand And Care To Improve At Local Hospitals. Shreveport-based Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana took over Conway and University Health Shreveport hospitals in October. The private takeover of LSU hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport by BRF was a result of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s mandate that the state divest itself of public hospitals. [Larry] Donner sees opportunities to do more for the people Conway serves by adding more services and bringing in the best medical staff. … [T]he private partnership allows more services to return. Since the transition Conway has added another OBGYN physician, a cardiologist, an orthopedic surgeon, and peripheral vascular services. Construction is expected to begin soon for the new Cardiac Catheterization lab that should open in November. Discussions are ongoing with additional cardiologists and another vascular surgeon. “That cath lab will provide a tremendous service to the community. Many of our patients who come to us with certain heart problems have to go to Shreveport but with the cath lab we’ll be able to meet more of those needs,” Donner said.

Governor Jindal Pledged Support For Rob Astorino In His Race Against Governor Cuomo In New York. Officials close to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would appear later this year in New York to campaign for Mr. Astorino. …  ”Rob Astorino is a conservative reformer with a history of working with both sides of the aisle to get big things done,” Mr. Jindal said in a statement. “He would make a great governor for New York, and we are proud to support him in his effort to replace Governor Cuomo.”

Governor Jindal Criticized Secretary John Kerry For Not Being Proud To Say America Is An Exceptional Country. ‘This guy is America’s chief diplomat?’ Bobby Jindal blasts John Kerry for what makes him ‘uptight’

A Report Revealed Louisiana Led All States In Value Of Industrial Construction Projects And Ranked Second Overall For Commercial Construction In 2013. Louisiana led all U.S. states in the value of industrial construction projects during 2013 and was ranked second overall for all commercial construction, according to a new report released Tuesday. Nearly $4.9 billion in direct industrial construction spending happened in Louisiana last year, well ahead of Iowa, which was second with just over $2 billion in industrial construction projects, according to the study released by the NAIOP Research Foundation. NAIOP is the national commercial real estate development association. All that industrial construction powered Louisiana to more than $5.5 billion in overall commercial construction projects.

The Jindal Administration Unveiled A New Website To Match Workers To The New High-Skill Jobs That Are Available In The State Because Of The Economic Boom Taking Place. If dating services can match single people based on compatibility, why can’t a jobs service match employers and potential employees the same way? It can, say the designers of a new Louisiana Economic Development website. Louisiana Job Connection launched last month. It is designed to streamline the recruiting and job seeking processes by connecting companies with the people best suited to fill their open jobs. “We think it’s going to be a game changer,” said Kristi Williams, who serves as executive director of Louisiana Job Connection for LED. “We have such a huge demand with the economic boom happening in Louisiana. People need specific skills.” … LED officials hope it will help fill the in-demand, skilled jobs flooding into Louisiana, as well as bring talented people who have left the state back home. “As our economy grows and diversifies, employers need to be able to quickly identify and recruit the right talent,” said LED Secretary Stephen Moret. “LED FastStart’s experience working with leading companies in a wide range of industries informed the functionality and design of Louisiana Job Connection, and we believe that it can be an asset for every company doing business in Louisiana.”

Louisiana Higher Education Institutions Are Partnering With The Oil And Gas Industry To Ensure Students Are Prepared For The Influx Of Energy Jobs Coming To Louisiana. Oil and gas officials and several of Louisiana’s four-year and community-college leaders said they will work together to ensure students are prepared to take advantage of huge growth in deepwater ventures. … Those job openings are expected to total between 30,000 and 40,000 over the 10-year period, and the number of offshore platforms is projected to grow to 70. Earl Meador, chancellor at Fletcher Technical Community College, said two-year degrees for students trained for offshore work will enable those graduates to step into jobs paying $60,000 per year. …  “Today, it’s very high-tech.” … “This partnership is a prime example of how Louisiana higher education is coming together with business and industry to meet workforce needs,” said University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley.

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This week, Governor Jindal and his non-profit group America Next released analysis highlighting President Obama’s broken promise that Obamacare would reduce health premiums.  The analysis showed that President Obama’s broken promises have cost American families over $18,000. The Governor also announced a major foreign direct investment win for Louisiana that will result in over 2,700 total new jobs.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal’s Non-Profit Policy Group America Next Conducted Analysis Showing That Contrary To President Obama’s Promise Health Premiums Have Risen By Over $18,000 Per Family Because Of Obamacare’s Failure To Deliver. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal …  is giving ammo to conservative leaders and congressional candidates to battle Democrats on how health-care premiums have gone up under Obamacare. Jindal’s memo is titled “Over 1.2 Trillion Reasons to Repeal Obamacare.” The memo is being sent out to conservatives on Tuesday by Jindal in his capacity as honorary chairman of the group America Next. It takes issue with how President Obama, during his first campaign for president in 2008, promised that his health-care plan would reduce premium costs for the average family by $2,500 per year. “Contrary to candidate Obama’s promise,” Jindal’s memo states, “health insurance premiums have continued to rise every year President Obama has been in office.” … Jindal’s study argues that Americans have faced a cumulative $6,388 per individual, and $18,610 per family, in higher premium costs. … “All told, the American people have faced $1.2 trillion in higher health insurance premiums due to Obamacare’s failure to deliver.” Jindal’s memo, which conservatives can use on the campaign trail this year, comes as he attempts to establish himself as an intellectual leader of the GOP.

Governor Jindal’s Replacement Plan For Obamacare Was Praised As Being The Only Comprehensive Plan That Exists. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a next step forward in his efforts to do away with Obamacare – and closer to 2016 – all while helping fellow Republicans along the way. “Gov. Jindal’s plan is the only real and comprehensive replacement plan that exists. Anywhere,” Jindal supporters told CNN. “There are bills that do some things, there is analysis of (Obamacare), there are treatises on health care. But this is the only comprehensive conservative replacement plan.” The supporters said other GOP ideas to redo the healthcare law don’t address the real issue with President Barack Obama’s sweeping initiative. “Gov. Jindal had the courage others lack – his plan goes at the real problem – which is cost not coverage,” they said.

Governor Jindal Penned An Op-Ed For Fox News Criticizing President Obama For Failing To Follow Through On His Promise To Lower Health Premiums.  During his 2008 campaign, one of then-Senator Obama’s most audacious promises was that his health plan would reduce premiums by $2,500 for the average family. … But health insurance premiums have continued to rise — not just despite ObamaCare, but in many cases because of the law’s new regulations and mandates. A new analysis by the think-tank America Next, where I serve as honorary chairman, quantifies the massive scope of the broken promise. …  Even as ObamaCare has failed to deliver, there is a better way.  The America Next health plan can provide the relief from rising costs that Americans need and deserve.  Rather than focusing on a massive expansion and restructuring of the health care system, the America Next plan focuses like a laser beam on reducing health costs. … [I]t’s time for the American people to trade in this ObamaCare lemon, and replace it with something that works.

Governor Jindal Announced A Huge Economic Development Win In St. James Parish That Will Bring A Total Of More Than 2,700 Total Jobs To The Area And Is The First Ever Major Direct Investment By A Chinese Company In Louisiana. The North American subsidiary of a top 25 Chinese petrochemical company will build a $1.85 billion methanol complex in St. James Parish, injecting 400 permanent jobs and 2,365 indirect jobs to the region’s economy over a nine-year period. Yuhuang Chemical Inc. plans to build the massive complex along River Road on St. James’ west bank, the first major direct investment in Louisiana by a mainland Chinese company. Gov. Bobby Jindal said his administration, through trade trips and other meetings, has been in discussions with several other Chinese companies also looking at sizable investments in Louisiana. “We are very, very confident today’s was the first, but it’ll certainly not be the last. Many other companies are also interested in the opportunity here and are learning what a great business climate we’ve got in our state,” Jindal said during a news conference Thursday in an Oak Alley Plantation banquet hall in Vacherie.

Governor Jindal Said The Crisis On The Southern Border Is Another Example Of Incompetence By President Obama’s Administration. Gov. Jindal: I think the president has played a role in helping to create the crisis we see on the southern border. It’s time for him to secure the border. I know he keeps looking for people to blame. He has to look in the mirror. The reality of it is this, we don’t need 1,000-page bills, right now we need to secure the border. As conservatives we talk a lot about this being the most ideological, the most liberal president. But I think the public’s also seeing an incompetent administration as well. We’ve seen that with the VA, we’ve seen that, I believe, with the release of the five prisoners from Gitmo. I think you see that with the border situation. I think you’ve seen that with the IRS. You’ve seen that example in case after case. It’s time for him to secure the border, but I think this is also telling in that it goes to the competence of the administration. And I think that’s something that we’ve seen in Louisiana for a while. We saw it especially during the oil spill, the explosion in 2010. We saw the incompetence there. I think the rest of the country is seeing what we saw back then.

Governor Jindal’s Plan To Privatize Formerly Government-Run Hospitals Caused Health Spending To Be $52 Million Less Than Was Initially Budgeted. Louisiana spent $52 million less than was budgeted for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s privatization deals for the LSU hospitals that provide care to the uninsured in the recently ended fiscal year, according to data provided by the state health department. Jindal’s health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, said the hospital’s new managers are improving care while also running more efficient operations. “We feel really comfortable that they are managing their budgets, that their new cost structures that they’re setting in place are working, and at the same time we’re getting really good quality care,” Kliebert said in an interview.

  • RedState Wrote: SURPRISE! Louisiana’s Privatized Charity Hospitals Come In $52 Million Under Budget. Strangely, the Left’s nightmarish predictions at Bobby Jindal’s breakup of government-run health care didn’t come true.


Governor Jindal Said That In Order For The Republican Party To Be The Majority Party Again It Has To Offer The American People Specifics About What Conservative Reform Looks Like. “The next big elections can’t be ones about personalities or just about slogans. … I think it’s incumbent upon our Republican Party to earn our way back to the majority. Let’s provide those specific answers.” Jindal, who is known as a studious wonk, recently founded a policy group, called America Next, in an effort to win “the war of ideas” for conservatives. “When I did the 100 pages [of policy when I first ran for governor] the political consultants said it was a foolish thing to do,” Jindal said. “Who knows, but it’s just the way I am. I can’t imagine engaging in the political process without getting into the specifics, and I think people deserve that.”

The Jindal Administration Is Making Changes To The State Medicaid Program To Increase Savings While Giving Health Plans More Flexibility To Offer More Services To Patients. The Jindal administration is moving toward a program in which the state pays premiums for a private health insurance program for two-thirds of the state’s 1.4 million Medicaid recipients. [T]he move will provide for more budget predictability and increased savings while giving health plans more flexibility in services they can offer patients. … Besides moving to the prepaid plan, the program will be expanded to offer more benefits and cover more people … Added will be hospice care and services; in-home personal care assistance for children under age 21; and nonemergency medical transportation for all services including dental appointments and behavioral health care. Three different groups will have the opportunity to opt in for coverage: certain recipients of home- and community-based waiver services; children between age 3 and 21 on a waiting list for home- and community-based services; and members who chose to begin receiving hospice care.

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This week, Governor Jindal highlighted another year of strong demand and growth for Louisiana’s school choice scholarship program with a joint op-ed with Governor Scott Walker criticizing President Obama’s administration for attempting to stifle school choice in their respective states.  The Governor also wrote a piece for National Review accusing President Obama of trying to appease the Hollywood Left on energy policy.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Penned An Op-Ed For National Review Calling Out President Obama For Indulging Hollywood Liberals On Energy Policy. What do we need to turn our country around? Well, for starters, we need a president who stops getting his energy policies from Hollywood movies — and Hollywood liberals. Consider President Obama’s dithering when it comes to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. First proposed in 2008, this massive infrastructure project would bring low-cost crude oil from fields in Canada southward to the United States. Despite nearly six years of government reviews — and nearly four dozen oil and gas pipelines already safely operating between the U.S. and Canada — the Obama administration and the State Department still have not approved the pipeline. …  While the Left dreams of outlawing carbon-based fuels and the internal-combustion engine, its dream is quickly becoming a nightmare for millions of Americans. It’s time for President Obama to stop indulging his liberal backers’ fantasies and return to the reality of a country that desperately needs the jobs that plentiful energy can provide. Mr. President, please put your “pen and phone” to good use. Approve the Keystone XL pipeline today.

Governor Jindal Announced That The Louisiana School Choice Scholarship Program Continues To Show Strong Growth And Demand. Nearly 9,000 students are getting state vouchers mostly to attend private or parochial schools, officials announced Wednesday. … The total is up from 5,637 two years ago, which was the first year that a formerly New Orleans-only program was expanded statewide. “These scholarships empower parents and allow them to select a school based upon their child’s individual educational needs so that they can grow up and pursue their dreams,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a prepared statement.

Governor Jindal And Governor Scott Walker Wrote a Joint Op-Ed Pointing Out The Irony Of President Obama’s Actions Fighting Against School Choice.  Why would the federal Department of Justice cite the Civil Rights Act and the specter of segregation to try and block a school choice program where more than nine in 10 participants come from racial minority groups? Or use the Americans with Disabilities Act to claim another school voucher program discriminates against individuals with disabilities, without so much as a single complaint from a student or parent to prove their case? Yet that’s exactly what the Obama administration’s Justice Department is doing—taking actions designed to stifle, and even block outright, programs that give children and parents more educational choices. Ironically enough, the DOJ even cited civil rights laws in attempting to deny parents the opportunity to move their children from failing schools—one of the foremost civil rights challenges of our time. … The blind obeisance of President Obama and Attorney General Holder to the educational-industrial complex might seem like a game to federal bureaucrats in far-away Washington. But to a struggling single mother in inner-city Milwaukee, or a precocious young child in New Orleans, access to a good school means the difference between whether a child can live up to her full skills and potential—or will fall through the cracks to become another statistic.

Governor Jindal Issued A Statement In Support Of Israel’s Right To Defend Itself From Terrorists. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in Wednesday on the military and political fighting between Hamas and Israel, saying the United States must condemn the “terrorist attacks on the people of Israel.” “Let’s be clear about this: Hamas and other terrorists are the perpetrators,” Mr. Jindal said in a statement. “There should be no ambiguity here. The people of Israel must know that America stands with them, that their struggles are our struggles, and that we completely support their right to defend themselves. As I watch the horrific images of missiles flying into Israel, I am reminded of the instructions in Psalm 122 — ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls,’” Mr. Jindal said.

Governor Jindal Shot Back At President Obama’s Education Secretary After Being Criticized For Pulling Louisiana Out Of Common Core.  It might not qualify as a schoolyard brawl, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traded verbal blows Monday over the Southern Republican’s decision to withdraw his state from Common Core. In a drop-in appearance at the White House press briefing, Duncan told reporters Jindal was “a little bit isolated” in his call to opt out from the education standards. … “[The] entire Obama admin is isolated from the American people on most every issue,” Jindal quipped. “This from the guys who tried to discriminate against minority kids in Louisiana.” Jindal had sparred with the Obama administration last year after the Department of Justice charged in a lawsuit that the state’s school voucher program violated desegregation orders. Jindal hasn’t been the only one to lob criticism at Duncan in recent days.

Louisiana’s High School Graduation Rate Reached Another Record High In 2013, The Third Consecutive Annual Increase. Louisiana’s Department of Education says the percentage of state high-school students graduating within four years has increased again. … It was the third consecutive increase. And it marks a jump of more than 12 percentage points from 2001. “I want to congratulate high school students, teachers and parents on their hard work in achieving another record high graduation rate.  We have more jobs and opportunity in this state than ever before, and now more of our children will be better prepared to follow their dreams of going to college or finding a great job right here in Louisiana,” said Governor Jindal.

Governor Jindal Announced A Huge Economic Development Win For Louisiana, With Another Technology Company Moving To Lafayette That Will Create Over 700 Total New Jobs. Gov. Bobby Jindal returned to the Louisiana Economic Development Authority on Monday to announce that another information technology company is moving to Lafayette. California-based company Enquero Inc. will create a new technology center and will collaborate with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to strengthen its computer science curriculum and provide student internships and apprenticeships, said the company’s executive director, Hemant Asher. Jindal said Enquero’s move from the Silicon Valley to Lafayette will produce 350 direct jobs with a salary of $64,300 per year plus benefits. Those direct jobs are expected to be filled by 2017. The company said it will also provide 354 indirect jobs.

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This week, Governor Jindal praised the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case as rejecting the Obama administration’s assault of religious liberty and affirming that families have a right to conduct their businesses according to their faith.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Praised The Supreme Court’s Ruling In The Hobby Lobby Case Saying It Affirmed The Rights Of Families To Conduct Their Business According To Their Faith.  Governor Jindal: “With today’s Hobby Lobby decision rejecting the arguments of President Obama’s administration and affirming the rights of families to conduct their business according to their faith, the Supreme Court formally recognized what the overwhelming majority of Americans already know to be true: that religious liberty is a good thing. … What this decision affirms is that the American belief in freedom of religion still protects the rights of all Americans to live in accordance with their religion, and that these deeply held religious beliefs are more important than the whims and demands of government.”

The Governor Said In This Case The Obama Administration Went Too Far In Its Assault On Religious Liberty, But Warned Believers To Continue To Stand Up For What’s Right. Governor Jindal: “The Court has made clear today that the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom in this case went too far – but this assault will not stop, in our courts, in our schools, and in the halls of power. It will take believers who are willing to risk their fortunes and public ridicule and the modern slings and arrows to stand up for what’s right.”

Governor Jindal Correctly Predicted On Twitter That President Obama Would Seek An Executive Order To Get Around The Supreme Court Ruling.  In a news conference today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated that while the President will work with Congress to “make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else,” he will also consider possible opportunities to act on his own. Many, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, predicted this may happen…

RedState Wrote, “Governor Bobby Jindal Wins Twitter And Perfectly Captures Barack Obama’s Almost-Certain Response To The Hobby Lobby Ruling.” 

BuzzFeed Profiled Governor Jindal, Highlighting His Criticism Of President Obama For Infringing On Religious Liberty. On a Friday night in early June, Jindal stepped onto a stage in Columbia, S.C., as the headliner for the state party’s annual Silver Elephant Dinner. … [H]e delivered a rat-a-tat litany of attacks on the Obama administration … “This is an administration that has taken on religious liberties throughout our society … You may remember that this is a president who, when he was campaigning in California, accused the country of clinging to our guns and religion.” He paused, and then smirked as he delivered the punchline: “Now, I know that was supposed to be an insult, but as the governor of Louisiana, I’m proud to report to you that we’ve got plenty of guns and religion.” The crowd went wild.

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill Into Law Expanding Protections For Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities And Protecting Their Ability To Bring Service Dogs Into Public Buildings. Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Shreveport Monday to sign a bill into law supporting veterans and individuals with disabilities and an ArkLaTex woman said that is a great victory for people like her. The bill, SB 432, prohibits any person with a disability from being denied admission to any public facility because of disability. This includes veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury. The bill also prohibits individuals with disabilities from being denied the use of a cane, service dogs, a wheelchair, crutches or other devices of assistance. “This bill builds on our efforts to support individuals with disabilities, including our veterans who have fought fearlessly to protect our freedom,” Jindal said in a news release. The bill was written by Sen. Sherri Buffington, R-La., and supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that raises awareness and enlists help for injured service members. “This is the biggest victory we can have right now, we’re one step closer to never being told no,” said Bossier Parish Resident Helen Pieper, who suffers from severe asthma.  Her service dog, Bandit, plays a big role in keeping her safe.

40 State Lawmakers Wrote A Letter In Support Of Governor Jindal’s Decision To Remove The State From Common Core. Forty state lawmakers (35 state representatives and five state senators) have issued a joint statement regarding the battle between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Education Superintendent John White over Common Core: On this issue, we believe the Governor made the right decision. We also believe the evolution of his thinking on Common Core is sincere. In his travels, he has surely seen the concern about Common Core among teachers and parents all across the country as well as here in Louisiana. This concern can be found across the political spectrum – from Tea Party conservatives, Republicans, Independents and more than a few Democrats. … We thank the Governor for utilizing the tools available to him. We look forward to working with the Governor, our colleagues in the legislature, BESE, DOE and stakeholders across the state to craft standards and testing that work for Louisiana students.

On The Eve Of July 4th, Governor Jindal Announced An American Flag Embroidering Company Would Be Expanding And Creating A Total Of More Than 30 New Jobs In Bogalusa, Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal and President Steve Pack of Allied Materials & Equipment Company announced Allied will make a $340,000 capital investment and create 21 new direct jobs at the company’s Bogalusa facility, where it manufactures the field of stars for the U.S. flag. … Governor Jindal said, “On the eve of our nation’s Independence Day celebration, it is truly fitting that we celebrate this expansion by Allied Materials & Equipment Company today in Washington Parish. Not only do the dedicated workers at Allied assemble our national flag, the company’s expansion here in Louisiana is a testament to our strong business climate and skilled workforce. The new jobs the company will create in Bogalusa mean new opportunities for more Louisianians to purse the American dream here at home, in Louisiana.”

Louisiana Was One Of Only Two States In The Nation That Saw A Decrease In The Number Of People Living In Poverty Areas Between 2000 and 2010. The number of people living in poverty grew nationwide between 2000 and 2010, with North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee showing the largest increases. Only Louisiana and West Virginia saw the number of people living in so-called poverty areas decrease, according to the Huffington Post.

The State Will Save $25 Million Because Of A Consolidation Of Technology Services Plan Implemented By Governor Jindal. Computer maintenance work across most agencies has been consolidated into one office. The newly-created Office of Technology Services began operations Tuesday with the start of the new budget year. Lawmakers signed off on the merger plan, pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, in the recent legislative session. This year’s budget assumes $25 million in savings from the consolidation. The savings will come from merging software licenses, hardware maintenance agreements and contract services, from increased bulk purchasing of computer products and from cutting vacant jobs.

Louisiana Saved Nearly $16 Million Over Three Years Because Of Governor Jindal’s Efforts To Privatize A State Office. Louisiana has saved nearly $16 million in the first three years of a privatization contract for the Office of Risk Management, the state’s self-insurance agency, according to an audit released Monday. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration hired Mandeville-based F.A. Richard and Associates Inc., or FARA, in June 2010 to take over much of the Office of Risk Management’s workload.

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This week, pressure ramped up on Louisiana education bureaucrats to follow Governor Jindal’s order and remove the state from Common Core and the PARCC test.  The Governor also signed a bill into law that would ensure student data is kept private and protected from federal government intrusion.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Parents Opposed To Common Core Visited The Capitol To Express Their Support For Governor Jindal’s Decision To Get The State Out Of Common Core. The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department of Education violated state bid laws trying to implement Common Core. … A group of parents supporting Jindal’s decision convened at the Capitol Thursday to meet with the governor. “I have four children,” Anna Arthurs said. “I’m opposed to Common Core for so many reasons. There’s the material, data collection and federal intrusion.”

Members Of The State School Board Pressured Louisiana Education Bureaucrats To Stop Dragging Their Feet And Act On Governor Jindal’s Directive To Get The State Out Of Common Core. The simmering debate over Common Core reignited Tuesday, with three members of Louisiana’s top school board asking for a special meeting of the panel to come up with new tests … All the activity surfaced less than a week after Jindal said he is ordering the state out of Common Core, which represents national standards in reading, writing and math. The governor also said he has notified the consortium that oversees the tests that go with the standards that the state is withdrawing, and BESE and the state Department of Education should solicit bids to come up with new exams. Beebe, Smith and Hill said BESE needs “to begin the discussion of how the Louisiana Department of Education will initiate that process. … The three BESE members also suggested that, for the upcoming school year, the state should again use LEAP and iLEAP, both standardized tests, to see what students are learning. They said both tests are familiar to teachers, schools and school districts. Officials of the Louisiana School Boards Association and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, who met privately on Tuesday, made a similar suggestion.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Will Ensure Student Data Is Kept Private And Is Protected From Federal Government Intrusion. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday that will add significant new layers of security to prevent data about Louisiana elementary and secondary students from being shared without parental consent. Most of the changes related to the new law are expected to take place next spring and summer. “I am proud to sign [the bill] into law, which will ensure student personal information is protected. Our children and parents should not have to fear the exposure of private, personal information when they enroll in school, and this bill helps prevent abuses,” wrote Jindal … Many parents who are concerned about Common Core believe the new academic standards — and particularly a new standardized test associated with them — will lead to the federal government and private companies having too much access to personal information about their children.

Governor Jindal Spoke To The Faith And Freedom Coalition Last Weekend And Warned Of A Growing Fight From The Left Against Religious Liberty. While speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. Saturday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said President Obama and other Democrats are waging a war against religious liberty and warned that a rebellion is brewing as angry Americans are ready for what he called a “hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital, the Associated Press reported. “I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States,” he said, “where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.” According to Jindal, there is a “silent war” being waged against religious liberty, the same liberty he said the country was built upon. “I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them,” he said. “The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore.”

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill That Repealed Several State Boards And Reduced The Size Of Government. Governor Jindal announced he signed HB 1013 by Rep. Schexnayder, which repeals several state boards and commissions. This legislation was part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. Governor Jindal said, “I am proud to sign HB1013 into law, which reduces the size and scope of government and makes it work more efficiently for our people.”

For The Second Year In A Row, More Louisiana High School Seniors Scored High Enough On the ACT To Earn Admission To College. The number of high school seniors who scored high enough on the ACT to earn admission to a college in Louisiana rose by 1,427 students this year … The ACT is a test of college readiness. Students must score at least 18 out of a possible 36 points to get into a state college without having to take remedial classes. This year’s increase means that, in the past two years, the number of students scoring an 18 or higher rose by 5,253.

Governor Jindal Urged LSU To Place A Statue Of Former Basketball Star Pete Maravich On Campus. Twenty-six years after he died, Pistol Pete still has a fan following. Count Gov. Bobby Jindal among the adoring crowd who wants to be able to take a selfie with Pete’s likeness on the LSU campus. Jindal gave LSU a pointed nudge Thursday, asking on his official letterhead why a statue of Pete Maravich doesn’t stand outside the Assembly Center that bears the basketball legend’s name. “This would be an appropriate way to memorialize such a significant figure in LSU and Louisiana history, and I offer my full support of such a project,” the governor wrote in a letter to the LSU Board of Supervisors. Jindal sent copies of the letter to LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, LSU system President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and members of the LSU Hall of Fame Committee.

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill To Help Hold Delinquent Parents Accountable For Child Support Payments. Governor Jindal announced that he signed HB 236 by Rep. Chris Broadwater, which allows the state Office of Debt Recovery (ODR) to offset gaming winnings from casinos in order to collect back payments of child support and other state debts. This bill was included in the Governor’s 2014 Legislative Package. Governor Jindal said, “This bill will provide more options to obtain the payments owed to parents for child support. Sadly, too many delinquent parents are found throughout our state, and today we created another way to hold them accountable for paying the debts they owe to provide for their children.”

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This week, Governor Jindal ordered Louisiana out of the Common Core, stopping the federal government’s overreach into Louisiana’s education standards and ensuring parents and teachers remain in control of what Louisiana children learn in school.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Declared That Louisiana Was Getting Out Of PARCC And The Common Core. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he plans to pull his state out of the Common Core academic standards, announcing an executive order aimed at blocking the testing program in the state. At a news conference, Jindal said he’s sent a letter requesting his state’s withdrawal from the program to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) – a conglomerate of states developing the standards for students in the subjects of English and math. “It’s certainly no secret that I am opposed to the Common Core. It’s also no secret that many parents are opposed because they’re worried that the federal government in D.C. is trying to mandate education standards for their children in classrooms in Louisiana,” Jindal said.

Governor Jindal Said He Was Very Alarmed With How the Federal Government Was Trying To Take Over Control Of Louisiana’s Education System. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators,” he said at a press conference. “If other states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them, they have every right to make that choice.” … “[P]roponents weren’t up front about federal involvement in PARCC and Common Core,” Jindal said. “Now that we understand the federal overreach involved, we need to slow down and make the right decision. Some Common Core proponents suggest that we cannot have high standards without Common Core. That is a false statement.”

The Governor Said, “At The End Of The Day It Really Comes Down To Trusting Parents, Trusting Locals, We Don’t Need The Federal Government Making This Decision.” “Jindal said that he’s also nervous about a federal involvement in education based upon his recent experience with Attorney General Eric Holder suing Louisiana in order to stop their scholarship program.  “We have seen the overreach of the federal government.  We have seen this federal government get involved.  At the end of the day it really comes down to trusting parents, trusting locals, we don’t need the federal government making this decision,” Jindal told Caffeinated Thoughts.”

The Jindal Administration Responded To Attempts By Education Bureaucrats To Continue With PARCC Despite The Governor’s Order By Suspending The Authority To Do So.  White said his agency has followed state bid laws, and plans to use an existing state contract that covers tests for students in grades 3-8 to proceed with the exams developed by PARCC. But a few hours later Nichols took the unusual step of announcing that the state was immediately suspending approval of the contract that White cited, pending review by the Office of Contractural Review. “The Department of Education has suggested it has unlimited authority to use a state contract, paid for by taxpayers, for a purpose for which it was not intended,” Nichols said in a prepared statement.

Governor Jindal Responded To Criticism By The Obama Administration That Louisiana Was Pulling Out Of Common Core By Stating Louisiana Will Not Be Bullied By The Federal Government. Governor Jindal: We will not be bullied by the federal government. The proponents of Common Core claim it is not a federal takeover, but Secretary Duncan’s comments and actions prove otherwise. He has already threatened Oklahoma with a loss of funding, and we may be next. Our Founders came up with the Tenth Amendment for good reason, but the Obama Administration wants to keep ignoring it. We will not let President Obama and Secretary Duncan take over the education of Louisiana’s children.

Governor Jindal Said The Worsening Situation In Iraq Is Occurring Because President Obama Has Played Politics And Projected Weakness. Bobby Jindal thinks President Barack Obama deserves blame for the worsening crisis in Iraq …  “We got here because the president played politics,” the Louisiana governor said in an interview here Saturday, after speaking to the Iowa Republican state convention. “He didn’t listen to his commanders.” … Jindal said Obama has projected weakness, which he said will continue to haunt the United States. “Many of these seeds were sown based on our response or failed response in Syria,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a surprise, and it won’t be the last time … The president’s created the environment we’re in today. I worry about the consequences. I worry about what the Iranian takeaway is.”

The Governor Signed Into Law An Idea He Championed Before The Start Of The Legislative Session, A $40 Million Fund To Encourage Higher Education Institutions To Fully Prepare Students For Louisiana’s Economic Boom. Louisiana colleges and universities will be able to compete for additional funding that’s intended to encourage innovation and commitment to key fields, thanks to a new program … Gov. Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 1033 during a ceremony at LSU on Thursday that drew higher education leaders from across the state. It creates the $40 million Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, or WISE Fund, an idea Jindal championed before the start of the session. “The WISE Fund will allow our schools to meet the growing demands on our economy,” Jindal said Thursday. “This investment, this $40 million, will help our universities and community and technical colleges train our students for the jobs that are coming to Louisiana.”

As A Result Of Governor Jindal’s Record Of Economic Growth, Louisiana Was Awarded Its 5th State Of The Year Award In The Past Six Years By Southern Business & Development. Southern Business & Development magazine awarded Louisiana its 5th State of the Year award in six years. The publication also named Baton Rouge its 2014 Major Market of the Year award and Lake Charles its 2014 Mid-Market of the Year title. In a statement, Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Being named State of the Year or Co-State of the Year by Southern Business & Development in five of the past six years is a tremendous accomplishment. But we know that we have more work to do. We are committed to working harder than ever to show the world that Louisiana is the new frontier for business opportunity.”

Louisiana Again Set A Record For The Number Of People Working In May. “A record of nearly 1.97 million Louisiana residents were employed in nonfarm jobs in May. The seasonally adjusted statistics also showed the state’s employment figure last month was an increase of 17,900 workers since May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday.”

Governor Jindal Announced Another Huge Job Win For Louisiana, A New Project That Will Lead To A Total Of More Than 290 New Jobs, As A Result Of The State’s Improved Business Climate. SB International Inc. announced Wednesday Centric Pipe LLC, an SB International affiliate, will make a $32.5 million capital investment to renovate and expand the former Northwest Pipe facility in Bossier City. The project will create 82 new direct jobs, with an average salary of $50,000 per year, plus benefits. Another 209 new indirect jobs will result, according to Louisiana Economic Development estimates, for a total of more than 290 new jobs in Northwest Louisiana. … “SB International chose Louisiana because of the Bossier City area’s highly educated workforce, the strong work ethic of our people, and Louisiana’s improved business climate. SB International is among a growing list of companies that are investing in Louisiana because we have implemented policies that are strengthening our economy and business climate,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Louisiana now has more people working than ever before and today’s announcement is great news for Northwest Louisiana, but our work does not stop here. We will continue to build a better business climate and attract companies that want to invest and expand, so that we can create even more jobs and a greater quality of life for Louisiana families.”

Governor Jindal Called The New EPA Regulations “A Dangerous Overreach In Terms Of The Potential Threat To Our Economy And Our Ability To Restore” Manufacturing Jobs.  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Monday that there is a “good chance” states will pursue litigation against the Obama administration’s new proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants. “There’s a very good chance of litigation not only initiated by the states, but the industry is another,” Jindal said at a Petroleum Club press briefing in Texas Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle. “This is such a dangerous overreach in terms of the potential threat to our economy and our ability to restore those manufacturing jobs, I absolutely do think litigation needs to be on the table,” Jindal added. … At Monday’s event Jindal, joined by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), and governors from North Dakota and Wyoming, blasted the administration for the rules, claiming it would kill energy jobs.

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Governor Jindal ended his week in Iowa, where he sat down with the Des Moines Register and discussed the importance of the Republican Party focusing on substantive policy issues and being the Party of bold new ideas.  The Governor also signed into law bills in his 2014 Legislative Package that will crack down on human trafficking, align high school students with more career education training, and further protect the culture of life in Louisiana.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Told The Des Moines Register That We Need to Get Beyond The Name-Calling In Politics And Say What We Stand For. Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University who wrote 100 white papers while running for governor, said he’s all about policy ideas. “Let’s go be specific. Let’s get beyond the bumper sticker slogans,” he said in a 30-minute interview. “Let’s get beyond the name-calling. Let’s not just attack the other side. Let’s say what we’re for.”

Governor Jindal Answered Questions From The Des Moines Register About What People May Not Know About Him. The Register sat down with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to learn more about the potential presidential candidate who is in Iowa this weekend. … Q. What is your dream job? A. As a child … I absolutely wanted to be starting quarterback for my hometown New Orleans Saints. (But right now, he’s happy being governor of Louisiana, he said.) Q. How do you unwind after a typical day at work?  A. I love to read, and Supriya and I have always enjoyed traveling. … Every free minute I’ve got — I love my job and I spend a lot of time on my job — but every free minute I’ve got I want to be spending it with my kids. (He has a daughter, Selia, 12, and two sons, Shaan, 10, and Slade, 7.)

Governor Jindal Put His Signature On Bills To Toughen Laws Against Human Trafficking And Better Protect Women Who Are Subject To These Heinous Crimes.  Louisiana’s laws against human trafficking are getting tougher and victims’ services are being highlighted under several bills signed into law Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Trafficking victims’ support groups say the measures are an international model. … “These bills help us to speak up for those victims who cannot speak for themselves and help us to further crack down on this terrible industry,” the Republican governor said at an event surrounded by bill supporters. Clemmie Greenlee, a victim of human trafficking who attended the bill signing, cried when Jindal wrote his signature on the first piece of legislation. … “This governor making an announcement like this lifted decades of pain and hurt off of me,” said Greenlee, who works at Eden House, a New Orleans residential program for women who are victims of sex trafficking or other types of violence.

Governor Jindal Penned A Column Touting The 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session As One That Will Continue To Accelerate Economic Growth In Louisiana. In contrast to the slow pace of the national economic recovery, Louisiana has a record of economic growth and job creation the last six years that we can be proud of. By adapting public policies to expand economic opportunity and foster private sector growth, Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the South; the state’s workforce is at its highest level in history; and an economic renaissance rises with the culture of a state where people want to live and raise their families. The 2014 Legislative Session will stand in the history books as one where key initiatives were enacted that set the stage to accelerate the economic growth already at work in Louisiana.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Help Align High School Students With More Career Education Options That Will Lead To High-Paying Jobs. Gov. Bobby Jindal touted recent legislation strengthening the Jump Start initiative as a way to fill the jobs he thinks will continue to flow into Louisiana during an appearance in Winnfield Thursday. Jindal signed House Bill 944 at Winnfield Senior High School. The bill, supporters say, will strengthen technical training at state high schools to provide a stronger workforce more aligned with local industry needs. “This is about making sure we give our students the best chances to get a good paying job here in Louisiana,” Jindal said. Jump Start is the state’s effort to provide high school students with career education that leads to high-wage jobs. HB 944 makes several parts of the initiative into law.

Governor Jindal Vetoed Legislation That Could Have Enshrined Louisiana In Common Core. Jindal cited “widespread opposition” to the bill from both Common Core supporters and opponents and the “gravity of any decision that affects our children” in his veto message. Criticism of Leger’s proposal ranged from concerns that delays would slow education changes enacted over the past four years in teacher evaluation and school performance laws to worries that the bill would tie Louisiana to Common Core. … “The bill sacrifices the important education reforms supported by this Legislature in 2010 and 2012 in order to implement a set of national standards and tests that take away local control and standardize our education system,” Jindal wrote.

Economic Projections Show That Louisiana Is Expected To Experience Job Growth 57 Percent Faster Than The National Rate In The Coming Years. Louisiana’s employment growth rate is expected to be 57 percent higher than the national rate through 2015, according to projections released Tuesday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. … “Louisiana will have jobs available for everyone who’s willing to get the education and training that employers need in their workforce,” Curt Eysink, the commission’s executive director, said after release of the forecasts. Added Eysink: “What these numbers tell me is that we’re going to have really good growth for years to come. We have a wealth of opportunity and a diversity of opportunity. This growth is in different sectors, and we need people at every skill level.”

Governor Jindal Signed Two Pieces Of Legislation That Protect The Health And Safety Of Women And  Prevent Abortion Providers From Entering Our Children’s Schools. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two anti-abortion bills Thursday and praised the bipartisan efforts of the northeastern Louisiana legislative delegation in getting the bills passed. Jindal signed both bills at First Baptist Church in West Monroe. “I’m proud of Louisiana,” Jindal said. “We’ve traditionally and consistently upheld a culture of life that values every human being.” House Bill 388 by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, known as the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, requires that a physician performing an abortion have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is not more than 30 miles from where the abortion is performed. “I’ve been so pleased to work with the governor, my delegation and others across the state to transcend racial and party lines to lead by faith,” Jackson said.

Willie Robertson Gave Governor Jindal Praise For His Appearance On The Season Premiere Of Duck Dynasty. Jindal makes a guest-star appearance on the new-season-opening episode of “Duck Dynasty,” airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday (June 11) on A&E. During a Tuesday phone interview, Willie Robertson gave the governor’s performance a thumbs-up review. “I think the governor must’ve been taking acting lessons somewhere, because he did great,” Robertson said. “You know, the governor is on TV a lot and is used to cameras, so he certainly wasn’t shy in any way. He was able to bring his whole family. I know they watch the show a lot. He’s just a great guy, and I enjoyed being with him. I was honored for him to give us an award for what we’ve done, and that’ll play out on the show.”

Governor Jindal Announced That A Manufacturing Facility Is Expanding In Shreveport, Creating More Than 350 New Direct Jobs And Over 900 Total New Jobs In The Area. A manufacturing facility is expanding and creating more than 350 new jobs in Shreveport. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Module X Solutions CEO Steve Schoonover announced the expansion Monday. Jindal says the company will make a $7.4 million capital investment. Module X Solutions LLC will join existing tenant MB Industries LLC at the Shreveport-owned industrial property, with Module X Solutions chiefly making modular buildings for the telecommunications sector while supporting MB Industries’ production of protective building systems for the industrial, government, commercial and residential markets. … “The Northwest Region offers a quality business environment, and we are thrilled that hundreds of families in the Shreveport-Bossier City area will benefit from the quality jobs created by this expansion for years to come,” Jindal said in a statement.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Strengthen Laws Aimed To Ensure Louisiana Has A Great Teacher In Every Classroom.  Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday to revamp the way teachers appeal disciplinary rulings. Under a 2012 law that Jindal pushed, a three-member panel was set up to hear appeals on dismissals and other issues. … “This process will help ensure the best teachers are in every classroom to improve education for Louisiana children,” the governor said in a prepared statement.

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This week, Governor Jindal gave a fiery and well-received speech to the South Carolina Republican Party Silver Elephant Dinner where he criticized President Obama for adopting a catch-and-release policy for terrorists. Also this week, the governor said he was committed to getting Louisiana out of Common Core and advised the state department of education to start coming up with an alternative.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Spoke
To The South Carolina Republican Party And Accused President Obama Of Adopting A Catch-And-Release Policy With Terrorists.  In a fiery and well-received speech to Republicans here Friday evening, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sharply criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release, and accused the president of cavalierly ignoring U.S. law. Headlining the South Carolina GOP’s annual Silver Elephant Dinner, Jindal recited a litany of critiques of the White House, energizing the crowd with attacks on President Obama’s education policy, and his approach to religious freedom issues. But Jindal, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, said he was particularly troubled by the administration’s foreign policy. “Apparently, our president has adopted a catch-and-release policy toward terrorists,” Jindal said, referencing the decision to trade five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom. 

Governor Jindal Also Spoke About The Fight Against The Obama Administration For School Choice And Religious Liberty. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke Friday before hundreds of S.C. Republicans of a growing rebellion against personal and religious intrusions by the Obama administration. “President Obama would never send his kids to these failed schools,” Jindal said about his state’s legal battle with federal authorities over school vouchers during the S.C. GOP’s annual Silver Elephant fundraising dinner. His speech touched on themes that will become familiar in the looming presidential election cycle, including the administration’s foibles in its federal health care program and attacks on Evangelical Christians. “America did not create religious freedom. Religious freedom created America,” he said.

Governor Jindal Wrote That President Obama’s Decision To Negotiate With Terrorists And Release Dangerous Individuals From Guantanamo Bay Is A Major Departure From U.S. Foreign Policy And Will Endanger Americans. Let me say clearly, I am personally gratified that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no longer being held hostage by terrorists in Afghanistan. … I completely disagree, however, with the manner in which the Obama administration achieved Bergdahl’s freedom. This is a major departure from American policy, and one that could generate disastrous consequences for our soldiers, our diplomats, and any American who travels abroad. … Refusing to negotiate with terrorists makes our people safer. Terrorists all over the world need to know that our interaction with them will be limited solely to our effort to destroy them. … The president has swapped the intimidating certainty of “we do not negotiate with terrorists” that deters our adversaries. The president may have swapped our country’s honor and the trust our allies place in us that we really do mean what we say.  And, finally the president may have swapped the assurance that America will do the right thing, every time, even when it is hard.

Governor Jindal Praised All That Was Accomplished In The Louisiana Legislative Session That Wrapped Up This Week. For Gov. Bobby Jindal, the 2014 legislative session was “great” because he got most of what he wanted. “…[W]e have accomplished new achievements for the people of Louisiana. When we began in March, we said our priority this year is building Louisiana’s workforce and growing our economy. We accomplished these goals by passing a budget that will increase funding for higher education, legislation that will crackdown on frivolous lawsuits, and legislation that will prepare Louisiana students to better compete in the new global economy.”

Governor Jindal Presented The Governor’s Award For Entrepreneurial Excellence To Metal Shark Boats In Jeanerette. Governor Bobby Jindal presented Metal Shark Boats with the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence…. Headquartered in Jeanerette in Iberia Parish, Metal Shark Boats continues to expand production of boats up to 40 feet in length at its original shipyard, filling customer orders for the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, law enforcement and conservation agencies and commercial companies.  Governor Jindal said, “I’m proud to present Metal Shark Boats with this award to commemorate the company’s success and economic growth here in Jeanerette and in Franlin. We’ve now visited Metal Shark Boats three times since 2012, and each time we leave this innovative company is already making plans for further expansion and more jobs. Very few companies illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana like Metal Shark Boats, which has expanded its facilities to create more high quality boats that will better protect the men and women of the U.S. military and law enforcement.”

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Will Discourage Frivolous Lawsuits. Governor Jindal signed SB 667 by Sen. Robert Adley, legislation that will improve the legal climate in Louisiana and help deter frivolous lawsuits that delay cleanup of land around the state. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. The Governor signed SB 667 to promote the fair resolution of “legacy claims” and the remediation of property, while discouraging the exploitation of lawsuits for money. … Governor Jindal said, “Exploitation of the legal system destroys its purpose and discourages investment by an industry that has continued to grow our economy over the past century. A fair legal system is critical to protecting the rights of our citizens who have legitimate claims, as well as the rights of those who are accused of wrongdoing. This bill will help deter frivolous claims and ensure our legal system is fair for those that need it most. Many have come together to work on this bill, and I am proud to sign it into law.”

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill That Will Ensure Efforts By The State To Restore The Coast Are Not Harmed By Frivolous Lawsuits. Governor Jindal signed SB 469 by Sen. Bret Allain, legislation that will help continue coastal restoration work and stop unnecessary, frivolous lawsuits. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. The Governor signed SB 469 to clarify that only entities authorized under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) may bring litigation to assert claims arising out of permitted activities. These parties include parishes and the state. It further requires that dollars recovered through CZMA litigation must be spent on coastal restoration. This law ensures that the state’s coastal master plan and the collaborative work of the state and the parishes on coastal restoration are not threatened with lawsuits. Governor Jindal said, “This bill will help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment, and I am proud to sign it into law. It further improves Louisiana’s legal environment by reducing unnecessary claims that burden businesses so that we can bring even more jobs to our state.”

Governor Jindal Pledged To Get Louisiana Out Of Common Core. In his strongest criticism to date, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday he wants the state out of Common Core and the tests that go with it. “It is time for the Department of Education to come up with a plan B,” he said. … “I am committed to getting us out of PARCC, out of Common Core,” he said. 

Governor Jindal Penned An Op-Ed For The Heritage Foundation Linking President Obama And French President Hollande’s Disastrous Economic Policies. President Obama continues his European tour today with a stop in Paris. As he and French President Francois Hollande discuss options to resolve the ongoing crisis in Russia, the weakness of the Obama administration on the global stage contrasts strikingly with the bravery shown by the D-Day soldiers, whose heroic actions 70 years ago on the Normandy beaches we commemorate this week. … Sadly, Obama seems intent on exporting this French model of economic malaise and ennui to our shores. … But in Louisiana, we’ve tried to show that there is a better way—one that leads to quality jobs and robust economic growth. While Obama raised federal taxes by more than $1 trillion, we passed the largest income tax cut in state history. As a Democratic Congress rammed through trillions in new spending for Obamacare, we cut the state budget by 26 percent. And even as the EPA proposes new regulations that could decimate critical portions of our energy sector, we’ve worked to create a more predictable legal environment for energy companies in the state. The record shows what that better way can mean for a state—the lowest unemployment rate in the South; 2 million jobs for the first time in state history; economic growth rates nearly 50 percent higher than the national average since 2008; and six straight years of migration into the state after decades of out-migration, as families are beckoned by jobs and the prospect of a brighter economic future to come home.

Governor Jindal Criticized South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s Opponent As A Trial Attorney Who Has Made Money From Defending Criminals. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized Gov. Nikki Haley’s opponent on Friday during a South Carolina appearance, taking issue with him for serving as defense attorney for a sex offender. Jindal said South Carolina voters have a clear choice for governor this year. The first, he said is his friend, Haley, whom he characterized as the successful governor of a state with the fastest growing economy on the east coast. “On the other side they have a trial attorney who has made money from defending those who were convicted of domestic battery and also defending a sex offender,” Jindal said of Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Allow Terminally Ill Individuals To Receive Potentially Life Saving Drugs And Treatments. With his signature, Gov. Bobby Jindal made Louisiana the second state in the nation to allow people with terminal diseases access to potentially life-saving experimental drugs and treatments. The new “right to try” law, which was drafted by a conservative think tank and passed without any “no” votes in the Legislature, would allow terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs for diseases like cancer prior to the drugs’ approval by the FDA. Drug manufacturers, who are not required to participate, would have to agree, and the experimental drug would have to clear Phase 1 testing. “It’s a compassionate thing to do for our families and friends,” Jindal said at a signing ceremony. “This is also about individual freedom and liberty. If individuals facing terrible diseases want to try something, why should the government stop them from doing that?”

Governor Jindal Joined Other Governors In Writing A Letter To President Obama Asking For The States To Have Greater Oversight On Federal VA Facilities.  Six Republican governors sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday demanding immediate reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs and suggesting a number of state-based changes.  The resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki last week is only the first step, the governors wrote.  “Reports from states around the country of wait times in a system manipulated by VA leaders to hide the growing problems are not only inexcusable, they demand your immediate and full attention,” the letter reads. “Serious reform on behalf of our veterans will require much more than a change in management.” … The governors recommended three actions: more leeway for state officials to inspect VA facilities, the end of the current bonus system and expanded care at private facilities. 

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Gives State Employees A $350 Annual Increase In Retirement Benefits. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed Sunday legislation that gives the first bump on monthly retirement checks for about 100,000 retired state employees in about six years. …  The increase represents roughly $350 average annual benefit increase, according to the governor’s office. … “This legislation is a fiscally responsible way to give retirees a COLA and to reform the systems to make them financially stable for future retirees,” Jindal said.

The Jindal Administration Launched A Website To Help Louisiana Employers Fill The Thousands Of Jobs Coming To The State. Louisiana’s economic development department is creating a new, free website to help Louisiana employers match their available jobs with the workers whose skills most precisely fit those positions. … Filling jobs that require specific skills, such as industry experience and/or education requirements, is often a time-consuming process for employers and prospective employees. … Gov. Bobby Jindal said that with tens of thousands of new jobs on the way through industrial projects, the website is much-needed and will serve as a resource to employers.

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This week, Governor Jindal spoke to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans and proudly stated, “I’m against the Common Core.” Governor Jindal also wrote a column for the Washington Examiner about the damage new proposed Obama Administration regulations could have on greater access to higher education opportunity.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Got A Standing Ovation Speaking To The Republican Leadership Conference In New Orleans, Proclaiming, “I’m Against The Common Core.” Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he’s against Common Core, the academic standards that have many conservatives decrying the program as an overreach of the federal government. “I’m against the Common Core, and I don’t want Louisiana to be in the Common Core,” he said to booming applause at the Republican Leadership Conference – the annual conservative confab, held this year in New Orleans. … “We’ve taken a lot of criticism in this state from folks that have criticized me for being against it,” Jindal said Thursday. “Let me be very clear, I’m for standards and I’m for our kids learning and our kids being able to compete but it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong when the bureaucrats, when the federal government especially, thinks they know best and they don’t need to listen to parents.”

In His Speech To The Republican Leadership Conference, Governor Jindal Spoke About How President Obama Is Trying To Redefine The American Dream. Jindal spurred the audience Thursday evening to a standing ovation by saying that he believes that President Barack Obama has sought to redefine the American dream. He described how a classic definition of the American Dream would mean that “the circumstances of your birth don’t determine your outcomes as an adult.” He said that Obama had twisted that definition with what he called “redistribution” programs. Obama’s policy, he said, meant that the dream was no longer “about equality of opportunity. It’s about equality of outcomes.” “That’s not the American dream, that’s the American nightmare,” Jindal said to applause from a packed house.

Governor Jindal Said He Would Fight The Assault On Religious Liberty Being Waged By President Obama. Among other priorities ahead for the GOP, Jindal said he would seek to fight what he called an “assault on our religious liberty.” Jindal said he would prioritize a belief our country was founded on. “America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created America.” In his defense of what he saw as liberties under assault, he described the right to free speech, invoking speaker Phil Robertson — who had not yet taken the stage. … Jindal said he had become one of Robertson’s “loudest and earliest defenders” because he was “tired of those who say they’re for tolerance…unless you happen to disagree with them.”

Governor Jindal Went On Sean Hannity’s Show To Lambast President Obama For Not Trusting The American People. Governor Jindal: “Sean, first of all, you’re exactly right. Republican-led states are showing the way. The D.C. folks can learn from us. It’s common sense. It just works. We need to change Washington D.C. They’ll tell you in D.C. we can’t cut government spending. We can just slow the growth. We can’t repeal Obamacare. We can just change it. We can’t do term limits. We can’t — we can’t cut taxes. All that’s ridiculous. At the state level, we’ve done these things. In Louisiana, we cut our budget 26 percent. … But that goes back to a basic point. Conservative governors understand. We trust the American people. Listen to this administration. The president doesn’t trust us to choose our insurance product, … doesn’t trust us to choose the best school for our children.”

Governor Jindal Penned An Op-Ed For The Washington Examiner Outlining The Folly Of Proposed Obama Administration Regulations That Will Limit Educational Opportunity. You have to hand it to President Obama: He sure does do a good job of socking it to the folks he claims to be helping. Tuesday marked the end of the comment period on the Education Department’s proposed new “gainful employment” regulations. While the administration says it wants to expand educational opportunities, the proposed rules would target community colleges and for-profit colleges — institutions that educate disproportionately poor, minority, and working-class Americans. But even as the administration imposes new burdens on schools educating non-traditional students, the Education Department would exempt all four-year colleges from the new rules. It creates a very simple bottom line: The proposed regulations will discourage these non-traditional schools from taking chances on students, and programs, that many elite schools wouldn’t even bother considering in the first place.

A State Budget Passed The Legislature That Included Many Of Governor Jindal’s Priorities, Including Increased Funding For Higher Education In Order To Help Better Prepare Students To Fill The Thousands Of Jobs Coming To Louisiana.  A $24.6 billion budget that will increase spending on services for the disabled, higher education and public schools received final passage Friday with a vote of the Louisiana House, which agreed to a Senate rewrite of the spending plans. … The 75-22 House vote sent the spending plan to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who can strip individual items he doesn’t like with his veto pen. But lawmakers gave the Republican governor most of what he sought in his proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. “We appreciate the work of the Legislature on the budget. This budget increases funding for higher education in order to help better prepare our students to fill the thousands of jobs coming to Louisiana. Other of our top priorities, including increased funding for K-12 schools, merit pay increases for state employees, and increased health care funding for individuals with disabilities also made it through the process,” Jindal said in a statement.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Crack Down On Domestic Violence And Protect Victims. Gwen Salley never thought she’d have a law named after her, her father said Thursday. But on Thursday, 27 days after the Grand Cane woman’s death at the hands of her estranged husband, that’s what happened. The new law provides additional protections for women in domestic violence situations. … “Gwen’s Law” requires a contradictory bail hearing for a felony offense against the defendant’s family or household member or dating partner and gives the court the authority to hold the person charged without bail if there’s evidence a danger exists. If bail is allowed, the court could require wearing of an electronic monitoring device. The measure was one of several anti-domestic violence bills Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Thursday in special State Capitol ceremonies attended by legislators who sponsored the bills and representatives of anti-domestic violence groups. … “Domestic violence is a tragedy that has plagued our state for too long,” Jindal said. “We must be vigilant as long as there are other Gwens out there.”

Governor Jindal Signed Multiple Pieces Of Legislation To Support Louisiana’s Veterans. Governor Bobby Jindal signed two pieces of legislation to further support Louisiana veterans and honor them for their service to our nation. Both bills were included in the Governor’s Legislative Package for 2014. … Governor Jindal said, “I am honored to sign these pieces of legislation. These bills build on our previous efforts to help support and honor Louisiana Veterans who fought tirelessly to protect our freedoms. These bills will offer more residential lease protections to military service members and their spouses, and they will make valuable information available to veterans to help improve burdensome health issues that often plague our military men and women as a result of bravely serving our country abroad.”

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Use Experimental Drugs With Physician Approval, Regardless Of Whether It Is FDA Approved. Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB891 by Representative Julie Stokes into law. This bill allows terminal patients to use experimental drugs or treatments with physician approval, regardless of whether they are FDA-approved interventions. … Governor Jindal said, “I am grateful for Representative Stokes’ hard work on this legislation. Every life is unique, precious and should not be taken for granted.  Those suffering from terminal illness should have every opportunity to live life to the fullest and that is often possible through experimental drugs or treatment.  I was pleased to sign HB891 into law today to make that possible.”

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This week, Governor Jindal wrote about the importance to keep fighting for a repeal of Obamacare despite what the mainstream media, Obamacare supporters, and Washington D.C. insiders might say.  The Governor also penned a column highlighting his efforts to crack down on human trafficking.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Wrote For Fox News That It Defies Logic For Some To Argue That Obamacare Cannot Be Repealed, And Conservative Should Not Give Up The Fight To Repeal And Replace The Law.  According to those in the elite salons of Washington, ObamaCare cannot be repealed. The conventional wisdom on the cocktail circuit contends that once you mandate health insurance for millions, you cannot unmandate it. … The country that won two world wars and put a man on the moon cannot, it is believed, repeal a disastrous public policy. Says who? Why not?   I know a little bit about health care policy, having spent most of my adult life analyzing and implementing policy changes on the state and federal levels.  And based on my decades of experience, the idea that ObamaCare cannot be repealed defies both logic and real world justification, on multiple levels. … Many families struggling with rising premiums and co-payments might believe that they will never see relief. But the notion that we can’t slow the growth of health spending is just as fanciful as the idea that ObamaCare cannot be repealed.  The only reason we can’t accomplish both objectives is political will—because Washington needs a Beltway-sized reality check. Fortunately, there’s a big country out there. We don’t care what they think in Washington, and we are not willing to quit on the idea of America.

The Heritage Foundation Featured Governor Jindal’s Piece On The Need To Keep Fighting For A Repeal Of Obamacare. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, this week hit back at claims that the health law known as Obamacare cannot be repealed. In an op-ed for, the Louisiana Republican said the mainstream media, Obamacare supporters and even some conservatives have accepted the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land that cannot be touched.

Governor Jindal Penned A Column For The Christian Broadcasting Network Highlighting His Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking. We’ve been working closely with the Legislature on ways to combat human trafficking. I look forward to signing a bill into law that will create harsher punishments to crack down on human trafficking. It will expand the crime of purchasing sexual activity to include receiving, isolating and enticing another person in order to engage in sexual services or labor. It will also require a person who commits this crime with a minor to register as a sex offender so that we can help ensure these criminals are incapable of committing these heinous crimes again. I also look forward to signing legislation authorizing Louisiana district courts to designate a specific section for human trafficking courts.  This measure will help judges better identify victims of human trafficking, who often go unnoticed or get mistakenly labeled as prostitutes. … We must stop this immoral slavery—in Louisiana, in America, and everywhere.

Governor Jindal Criticized Common Core Saying, “Centralized Planning Didn’t Work In Russia, It’s Not Working With Our Health Care System And It Won’t Work In Education.” Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday compared Common Core to centralized planning in Russia and predicted the national drive to overhaul academic standards will fail. “The feds are taking over and rushing this,” Jindal said in a prepared statement released late Wednesday. “Let’s face it: centralized planning didn’t work in Russia, it’s not working with our health care system and it won’t work in education,” the governor said. “Education is best left to local control.”

AM Agrigen Industries
Announced It Could Be Building A $1.2 Billion Fertilizer Plant In St. Charles Parish That Would Lead To The Creation Of Over 1,100 New Jobs. Fertilizer and ammonia manufacturer AM Agrigen Industries said Monday it is considering building a $1.2 billion plant on the west bank of St. Charles Parish. Feasibility studies have begun, and the company said it expects to make its final investment decision during the first quarter of 2015. … The plant would create 150 new jobs with an average annual salary of $55,000 per year plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project would result in an additional 1,025 jobs, for a total of 1,175 new jobs in the state. … “AM Agrigen’s commitment to our state demonstrates the strategic value of Louisiana’s world-scale industrial infrastructure and our emergence as one of the very best business climates in the U.S.,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said. “From Sasol in southwest Louisiana to Benteler Steel/Tube in northwest Louisiana and Dyno Nobel in southeast Louisiana, global investors are infusing tremendous amounts of capital into our state’s manufacturing sector because of Louisiana’s welcoming business environment and strong workforce. 

A Bill That Would Give Women Stronger Health And Safety Protections, Supported By Governor Jindal, Passed The Legislature And Is Headed To His Desk To Be Signed. Doctors who perform abortions in Louisiana will be required to have the ability to admit patients to a nearby hospital … The Republican governor supports the proposal and intends to sign it into law. Proponents say the measure will ensure women have access to proper care if they have complications from an abortion, describing possible medical problems like hemorrhages, cervical injuries and infections. “This bill will give women the health and safety protections they deserve,” Jindal said on Twitter after it was passed.

Legislation Supported By Governor Jindal That Would Reduce The Number Of Frivolous Lawsuits In Louisiana Passed The State Legislature.  The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would clarify how landowners could file “legacy lawsuits” seeking to clean up years-old environmental damage. Senators voted 27-12 to send Senate Bill 667 to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature to turn it into law. … “This was a consensus approach. It’s an easy to understand bill,” said Stephen Waguespack, who heads the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. “Our state’s history on legacy issues has been to sue first, and talk later. That model was flipped on its head today. This legislation will help speed up responsible remediation of property,” Waguespack said.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Toughens The Laws On Sex Offenders And Child Predators. Governor Bobby Jindal signed bill HB 638 into law that toughens the laws for sex offenders and child predators who fail to register with the state. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. Governor Jindal said, “In Louisiana, we need to protect our children and citizens from offenders of the most lewd and vile crimes. This law makes it a criminal offense and will require jail time for convicted offenders who provide false information and who fail to register with the state in the time frame required by law. Hopefully, these offenders will think twice before attempting to skirt the law.”

Governor Jindal Addressed The 2014 Graduating Class Of Louisiana State Troopers In The Senate Chamber. The state Senate chamber turned into a graduation hall Thursday for 46 new state troopers. Instead of caps and gowns, the cadets wore their new, blue uniforms. Gov. Bobby Jindal gave the commencement address and swore them into service. …. “These new troopers, and all state troopers throughout our state, are the men and the women who do not put themselves first. They rush into danger when most people are running away from it,” the governor said.

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