Where’s Buddy? Wednesday, Feb 18 2015
Elliott Stonecipher, a Shreveport demographer by trade, is waging a one-man, pro bono, war to uphold our state constitution.
The Caddo Parish Commissioners by creating and then joining a taxpayer-funded retirement system have clearly violated La. Const. Art. X, Section 29.1.
Now, Lege Auditor Daryl Purpera has weighed-in supporting Stonecipher’s contention that the commissioners are unconstitutionally participating in the Caddo retirement system. ( See story here.)
The intervention of the Lege Auditor has wider implications than merely the Caddo Parish Commissioners. It will require those who audit the books of other local governmental entities in Louisiana to determine if the part-time officials therein are in compliance with the constitutional mandate cited above.
Recently, I question whether any public servant, elected or appointed, in Louisiana would work to uphold the state constitution. ( See commentary here.) It’s refreshing to know that at least one public entity, the Lege Auditor, has stepped up to the plate.
Though Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is supposed to uphold the constitution, to date, he has done nothing, zero, nada to protect the “people’s document” in this matter.
There are several qualified individuals who say they will run this fall to replace Caldwell as AG. I strongly suggest that they get involved in this issue in their current capacity because this is their constitution too.
Frankly, I’m tired of politicians telling us what they are “gonna do” when elected. All of the wannabes are attorneys. One doesn’t have to be the AG to enforce the constitution. Here’s their chance to audition for the job.
This fall my vote for AG will be determined by performance not promises.
Kudos to Elliott for continuing this fight for all of us.
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