We heard a lot about Bobby Jindal vetoing some of the funding for NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations). Despite the vetoes Jindal approved more funding for NGOs in the State Operating Budget than any previous governor.

What you haven’t heard anything about (At least, I haven’t.) is the money the state is BORROWING to fund “bricks and mortar” projects for NGOs.

HB 2 of the 2008 Regular Session is the State Capital Outlay Budget. Most of the expenditures in that budget is from money BORROWED via State General Obligation Bonds.

Thus, not only are we giving NGOs state cash, but now the state is borrowing money to fund NGOs. This, despite record budget surpluses.

I went through HB 2 and selected a few examples of money being borrowed for NGOs. I only listed those which are in Priority One, meaning they will get funded this year from the proceeds of bond sale(s).

The sample alone totals over $24 MILLION. This may help explain why, despite Jindal’s veto of $16 Million in NGOs in the Operating Budget the leges overwhelmingly voted against having a veto session to attempt to override the vetoes.

Despite the “standards” that Jindal set forth for the funding of NGOs, I have a hard time seeing how those on the sample list meet the standards. In fact, many of these projects aren’t even listed on the lege website as required by House Rule for all appropriations to NGOs.

The list, if you care to look over it, is posted below.

The parish in which each project is located is listed in parentheses.

Remember we taxpayers will be paying for these projects for the next 20 to 30 years. Also, remember this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

C.B.

EFFORTS OF GRACE, INC.
Ashe Too, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 910,000
LIGHTHOUSE FOR BLIND IN NEW ORLEANS
Economic Development Project, Planning and Construction (Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Washington)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,100,000
RENAISSANCE HOME FOR YOUTH
Renaissance Education Building, Planning and Construction (Rapides)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,320,000
YMCA OF THE CAPITAL AREA
North Baton Rouge YMCA, Planning and Construction (East Baton Rouge)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 350,000
DISTRICT 2 ENHANCEMENT CORPORATION
St. Claude Community Development and Beautification Project, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 300,000
Community Development and Beautification Project, Planning, Acquisitions and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 250,000
New Orleans East Walking and Bike Trail, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 400,000
TECHE ACTION BOARD, INC.
Franklin Expansion St. Mary Parish Location for the Purchase and Renovation of an Existing Building and to Renovate the Current Facility, Planning and Construction (St. Mary)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,450,000
ARC OF NORTH WEBSTER
New Roof Construction and Existing Building Modifications, Planning and Construction (Webster)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 150,000
RECONCILE NEW ORLEANS, INC.
Reconcile New Orleans, Renovation and Expansion Project, Central City New Orleans, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 625,000
LITTLE THEATRE OF SHREVEPORT
Little Theatre of Shreveport, Planning and Construction (Caddo)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,300,000
GREATER URBAN LEAGUE OF NEW ORLEANS
The Urban League of Greater New Orleans Building Renovations (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 200,000
TANGIPAHOA AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND BLACK VETERANS ARCHIVES
Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives (Tangipahoa)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 50,000
BATON ROUGE CASA
Baton Rouge CASA Facility, Acquisition, Design, Planning and Construction (East Baton Rouge)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 250,000
7TH DISTRICT BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
Roof Replacement and Repairs and Equipment to Christian Villa Nursing Home, Planning and construction (Acadia)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 260,000
OPTIONS, INC.
Safe Haven Multi-Purpose Vocational Center and Shelter, Planning and Construction (Tangipahoa)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 500,000
LOUISIANA MILITARY HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM, INC.
Museum (Vermilion)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 100,000
EAST CARROLL COUNCIL ON AGING
East Carroll Voluntary Council on Aging Renovation, Planning and Construction (East Carroll)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 50,000
MAGNAVILLE LOUISIANA, USA, INC.
Multipurpose Evacuation Shelter/Community Center in Simmesport, Acquisitions, Utilities, Planning and Construction (Avoyelles)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 400,000
LOUISIANA ALLIANCE OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
Louisiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Club, Inc., Planning, Acquisitions, and Construction (Statewide)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 100,000
BOGALUSA YMCA
Bogalusa YMCA, Master Planning, Design, Construction, Renovations and Equipment Acquisitions (Washington)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 75,000
ST. MARY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
Office Addition and Modifications for Community Action Agency, Planning and Construction (St. Mary)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 560,000
ST. TAMMANY PARISH EVENTS DISTRICT
East St. Tammany Events Center, Planning, Designing and Construction (St. Tammany)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 5,000
LOUISIANA BLACK HISTORY HALL OF FAME
Museum and Cultural Center, Planning and Construction (East Baton Rouge)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 350,000
TREME COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Leverette Senior House, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 420,000
Program Operations, Planning, Acquisitions, Renovations and/or Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 250,000
FAMILY CENTER OF LIFE, INC.
Family Center of Hope Community Center in New Orleans, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 100,000
ARC OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
Restoration of the Fontana Center of the ARC of Greater New Orleans in Metairie, Planning and Construction (Jefferson)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 150,000
HOME AWAY FROM HOME, INC.
Purchase and Installation of Emergency Generators (Washington)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 90,000
WASHINGTON PARISH FAIR ASSOCIATION
Renovations to Historic Buildings, Planning and Construction (Washington)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 50,000
ARC OF OUACHITA
Emergency Shelter and Therapeutic Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Acquisition, Planning, Construction and Renovation (Ouachita)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 100,000
NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT
NDF Homeownership Center, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 350,000
TRINITY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Carrollton Community Center Renovations, Land Acquisition, Site Work, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,075,000
NEW ORLEANS MUSIC HALL OF FAME
South Rampart Street Historic Development Project, Planning and Construction, (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 2,000,000
ASSUMPTION PARISH COUNCIL ON THE AGING, INC.
Council on Aging Building, Planning and Construction (Assumption)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 960,000
TRIUMPH OF SPECIAL PEOPLE, INC.
Housing for Disabled Recipients of Waiver Services, Acquisition, Planning and Construction (Jefferson)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 370,000
LOUISIANA 4-H FOUNDATION
Louisiana 4-H Foundation Youth Educational Development Center, Camp Windy Wood Property (Grant)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 250,000
YMCA OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
New Westbank YMCA (Jefferson)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 700,000
DRYADES YMCA
Technical Training Center, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,000,000
Dryades YMCA Reconstruction, Planning and Construction (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,500,000
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Willow Glen River Road Senior Resource Center, Planning, Construction and Equipment (Rapides)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,270,000
LOUISIANA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Multi-Purpose Education Enrichment Center Athletic Field, and Band Room, Planning and Construction (East Baton Rouge)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 1,000,000
NORTHEAST DELTA RC&D
Franklin Parish Activity Center, Planning and Construction (Franklin)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 325,000
ALLUME SOCIETY
Frank’s Theatre Restoration, Planning, Acquisition, Renovation, and Construction (Vermilion)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 100,000
SCHEPIS FOUNDATION, INC.
Schepis Building Renovations, Planning and Construction (Caldwell)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 450,000
LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS
Restoration and Master Site Planning (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 100,000
MERCY ENDEAVORS
Irish Channel St. Andrew Street Elderly Resource Center (Orleans)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 205,000
RED RIVER REVEL ARTS FESTIVAL
Covered Pavilion #2 for Shreveport Festival Plaza, Planning and Construction (Caddo)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 250,000
MULTICULTURAL TOURISM COMMISSION
C.C. Antoine Museum and Arts Center, Planning and Construction (Caddo)
Payable from General Obligation Bonds
Priority 1 $ 305,000