You can’t make this up! Monday, Jul 6 2015 


Elect him President???

Below is an example of the incompetence of the people who are running (into the ground) our state.  Note Jindal’s last name misspelled in the first paragraph  and “our” is misspelled in the Knapp quote in the next to last paragraph.

It may be a small thing, a typo, but it is the same carelessness by the Jindal Administration that we find in contracts to run the LSU Hospitals approved with 50 or 60 blank pages.

Maybe the Jindal flacks’ word processing program doesn’t have “spell-check.”

You can’t make this stuff up!



State of Louisiana                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of the Governor                                                                                              July 6, 2015
GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL                                                                               Press Office: Mike Reed
Contact: 225-342-8006, (c) 225-247-5028

Industrial firm will operate newly acquired assets of Brown & Root and Wink Engineering; 350 initial Louisiana jobs will be joined by 575 future jobs in state

BATON ROUGE Today, Governor Bobby Jindall and Brown & Root CEO Andy Dupuy announced the company will establish its corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge, with the Brown & Root executive team moving from Houston to Baton Rouge. From its Louisiana headquarters, Brown & Root will oversee global operations with more than 6,000 employees. Brown & Root operations will include newly acquired Wink Engineering (formerly Willbros Group downstream engineering assets) and its 325 Louisiana employees in Baton Rouge, Mandeville and St. Rose, near New Orleans.

The Brown & Root corporate headquarters, to be located at Citiplace on Corporate Boulevard, will bring 25 executives to Baton Rouge by the end of 2015, followed by an additional 25 executives by the end of 2016, for a total of 50 new direct jobs averaging $192,000 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates an additional 72 new indirect jobs will result from the corporate operations, for a total of more than 120 new jobs associated with the Baton Rouge headquarters.

Brown & Root will create another 550 industrial jobs in Louisiana over the next decade, for a total of 925 Brown & Root jobs in Louisiana, in addition to the company’s thousands of employees deployed at branch offices and project sites worldwide.

Governor Jindal said, “Louisiana’s talent in the industrial services sector ranks second to none, and this major headquarters announcement demonstrates what we know so well: Louisiana offers the best business climate, workforce talent and infrastructure assets in the world when it comes to building the future. We welcome Brown & Root to Baton Rouge, and we’re proud that this venture will create hundreds of great new jobs for families in our capital and throughout the state of Louisiana.”

The headquarters project follows the acquisition, earlier this month, of Wink Engineering LLC from Willbros Group Inc. by an investment group led by Bernhard Capital Partners, a Baton Rouge private equity firm focused on energy services.

Bernhard Capital Partners, in partnership with Houston-based KBR Inc., is re-establishing Brown & Root as a globally recognized industrial services provider by combining KBR’s Industrial Services Americas Group with Wink Engineering. Brown & Root will continue serving customers in the downstream, refining, petrochemical, chemical and manufacturing industries, with a renewed focus on customer service and project execution in the industrial services segment of the energy marketplace.

“Louisiana and Baton Rouge are synonymous with hard-working, can-do people,” Brown & Root’s Andy Dupuy said. “The industrial roots here are strong, and we look forward to making Brown & Root the gold standard of our industry, with Baton Rouge as our base of operations. We would like to thank our local, regional and state partners for helping make today a reality. We look forward to quickly expanding our industrial services offerings throughout the world.”

LED began discussing the corporate headquarters project with the company in May 2015. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered Brown & Root a competitive incentive package that includes a performance-based $1.8 million performance-based grant to reimburse relocation costs and to provide lease support for the corporate headquarters. The company also will receive the comprehensive solutions of LED FastStart®, ranked the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program. In addition, Brown & Root is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs Program.

“Brown and Root’s decision to locate in Baton Rouge demonstrates the region’s attractiveness as a corporate headquarters,” said Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden. “This company is not only creating new jobs that will have an immediate impact, but over the longer term, they will create even more jobs indirectly and through construction projects in the coming years.”

“Brown and Root’s selection of Baton Rouge brings a tremendous company legacy with formative ties to Louisiana as far back as the 1920s to our fast-growing area, further strengthening ouur regional economy,” said President and CEO Adam Knapp of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “BRAC’s team became engaged early on in the company’s discovery process and worked closely with management on market analysis.”

About Brown & Root
Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Brown & Root is a premier provider of industrial maintenance, engineering and construction services. One of the world’s biggest players in the industrial services segment, Brown & Root has over 6,000 employees, with operations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Brown & Root began in 1919, when Texas brothers George and Herman Brown joined their brother-in-law, Dan Root, to create a world-class construction company. Over the next several decades, Brown & Root developed its expertise in providing everything from roads and bridges to industrial services. During World War II, Brown & Root provided significant support to the U.S. armed forces. After the war, its operations expanded to engineering major petrochemical plants and projects overseas. In 1947, the company pioneered the construction of the first offshore platform located off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico and in 1965 the first offshore platform in the North Sea.


La. Chemical Assn. litigates unconstitutional tax Wednesday, Jul 1 2015 


Leges did it to us AGAIN!

This morning at 7:33 AM, the Louisiana Chemical Association  (“LCA”) filed for a Declaratory Judgment  in the 19th JDC  in the matter of House Concurrent Resolution No. 8 of the 2015 Regular Session.

HCR 8 purports to suspend a Sales Tax exemption of long-standing on commercial  utilities.  It means that the cost of doing business will rise and that rise will be passed on to the consumers.

Among other legal issues, the HCR failed to get a 2/3′s vote that the state constitution requires to increase taxes.

Ultimately, the La. Supreme Court will have to opine or refuse to opine on a lower court decision.  Under a worse-case scenario, the leges will be able to easily circumvent the clear intent of the state constitution and impose future tax/fee increases with only require a majority vote of the legislature.

If the worse-case scenario occurs, we taxpayers will have to pass a constitutional amendment to make it clear that we meant what we said in 1974.

Kudos to the LCA, led by Dan Borne’ for what can only be described as a public service for all taxpayers in Louisiana.

Today the tax is on businesses, both small and large, tomorrow everyone in Louisiana’s taxes will be increased by a simple majority vote of the lege.  Tomorrow will be early next year when the FY16 State Budget craters.


“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Jindal circumvented the law Monday, Jun 29 2015 


The real Bobby Jindal

What if Bobby Jindal held a presidential fundraiser in Baton Rouge and nobody came?  That would surely be big news, wouldn’t it?  Well yes and no.

Well, Bobby did and they didn’t come, but nonetheless he raised a half a million dollars.

One has to read between the lines in Elizabeth Crisp’s story in the Baton Rouge paper to fully understand the Jindal fundraising scheme.  Story here.

How and why?

It is illegal to hold a political fundraiser on public property, much less at the public housing in which Bobby and his family lives.  A little hurdle like the law never stopped Bobby from doing anything.

On Saturday Bobby Jindal invited big money folks to a $2,700 per head presidential fundraiser at a downtown hotel.  Simultaneously, Jindal held a “free” reception at the Governor’s Mansion for a few friends.

Coincidentally, it seems everyone who bought a ticket to the fundraiser was invited to the “free” reception at the Mansion.

Some of the money folks, who apparently didn’t read their invitations closely, turned-up at the hotel for the fundraiser.  They were quickly advised to go to the nearby Governor’s Mansion where they would find Bobby holding court with his “friends.”  They were offered “go boxes” for some of the food that was there at the empty hotel reception room.

Now, you know how Bobby circumvented the Heh, Heh, Heh, Ethics Laws.  This scheme by Jindal was so transparent that Little Stevie Wonder could see through it.

By the power vested in me as a Louisiana taxpayer, I hereby introduce to America to the “Louisiana Way” as practiced by Bobby Jindal.


“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

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