This week, Governor Jindal continued to fight against Common Core and federal overreach into Louisiana classrooms. Also, it was announced that Louisiana’s economic growth is vastly outpacing the nation and the state set another record high for number of people working.
Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:
Governor Jindal’s Office Issued A Release Showing How Common Core Is Crumbling Across The Nation, Highlighting How Teachers In Particular Have Soured On The One-Size-Fits-All Standards. Across the country, support for Common Core is crumbling in many states. Multiple states have either repealed or delayed Common Core, and many states are debating whether to repeal or delay Common Core. … Overall, over 80 pieces of legislation have been introduced against Common Core, the testing consortia or both. At least 10 Governors have issued Executive Orders against the standards, testing consortia or both. Additionally, a recent poll by Education Next said teacher support for Common Core is souring. According to the poll, 76 percent of teachers supported Common Core one year ago, but the portion of teachers who support Common Core today has now declined drastically to 46 percent. Additionally, the number of teachers who oppose Common Core has more than tripled, moving from 12 percent up to 40 percent.
Governor Jindal Said The Suit Against Governor Perry Is A Blatant Misuse Of The Judicial System By Liberal Activists. The facts are clear. Governors have the right to exercise veto authority, and my friend Rick Perry exercised his constitutional authority and stood up for responsible government when he vetoed funding for a Texas agency run by someone who pled guilty to DWI and served 45 days in jail. One only needs to see a few highlights from the video of District Attorney Lehmberg’s arrest – during which she spits at law enforcement and is restrained to see why she wasn’t fit for her job as head of the Public Integrity Unit! The lawsuit against Gov. Perry is a blatant misuse of the judicial system by liberal activists, and the ensuing circus is simply a political witch-hunt.
Louisiana’s Economic Growth Is Greatly Outpacing The National Average. When it comes to the increase in state gross domestic product (GDP) for 2005-2013, Louisiana came out near the top in the end. The Pelican State saw its GDP increase by 5.4 percent, above the nation’s average of 2.8 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013. That shows Louisiana has the nation’s third-highest GDP growth rate, according to recent figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Wednesday (Aug. 20). … Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret said that since the Jindal administration took office in 2008 the state’s real GDP growth has been roughly twice as fast as that of the U.S. overall. “This is not a surprising result given that Louisiana’s economy has outperformed that of the South and U.S. overall since January 2008, whether considering job growth, unemployment, GDP growth, or other economic measures,” Moret told NOLA.com. “Most importantly, over the next 5-plus years, the outlook for job growth and state GDP growth in Louisiana is excellent.”
Governor Jindal Announced That A Monroe Paper Company Is Investing Over $40 Million To Upgrade Its Facility And Retain 1,340 Jobs. Graphic Packaging plans to invest $41.5 million to upgrade its production machinery at the company’s West Monroe paper mill, which the company and Gov. Bobby Jindal said will solidify the future of about 1,340 jobs. Graphic’s investment will include an expansion of the mill’s fiber storage capacity and will upgrade the dryer section, coater and stock cleaning areas of the plant, which shares a campus with the company’s carton manufacturing facility. The company also operates a consumer packaging plant in the West Monroe Downing Pines Industrial Park. “Graphic Packaging International’s new investment in West Monroe represents not only its success, but the faith and confidence it has in Louisiana’s best-in-the-nation business climate,” Jindal said in a news release. “This investment in the facility and in our state positions Graphic Packaging International as a leader in its field and ensures the continued presence of great jobs for Louisiana families.”
The Number Of People Employed In Louisiana Hit Another Record High. Nonfarm employment reached a state record 1,981,300 in July, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported in preliminary numbers Monday. That was a gain of 31,800 over nonfarm employment a year earlier, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. … “These gains show that people at every skill level are finding work in Louisiana,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “This growth is diversified, representing a broad array of opportunities that anyone can participate in if they choose.”
Governor Jindal Announced That LSU Will Establish A Technology And Research Center That Will Create More Jobs And Prepare Students For Louisiana’s Expanding Workforce. LSU will establish a technology and research center designed to attract $30 million in federal and commercial projects by July 2017, officials announced Monday. The LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center initially will be funded with $3 million in state money and $1.5 million from LSU, Gov. Bobby Jindal and LSU President F. King Alexander said. … “The Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center will help LSU attract tens of millions in new research funds while also resulting in new knowledge-based jobs in our state,” Jindal said. “This represents another great opportunity to utilize higher education partnerships to create more jobs and prepare students for Louisiana’s expanding workforce.”
The Jindal Administration Is Implementing A Campaign To Encourage Healthy Living. The state Department of Health and Hospitals is pushing a campaign that encourages residents and businesses to make better choices and ultimately improve the state’s overall health and wellness. Kathy Kliebert, the department’s secretary, spoke about the Well-Ahead Louisiana program following a tour of Christus St. Patrick Hospital on Monday. The statewide initiative began in April as “a road map for people to make healthier choices,” she said. … Kliebert said the department has met with restaurants, hospitals and universities and asked them to commit to making changes that reflect healthy living. The website — www.wellaheadla.com — gives residents the opportunity to find out certain organizations that are deemed “Well-Spots” like schools, worksites, child care centers, restaurants and others.