Public Records requests flying in Edmonson Amendment caper Friday, Jul 25 2014
In case anyone thought that Tom Aswell, who broke the story about the “Edmonson Amendment,” was going away they don’t know Tom. Here’s an update on his latest efforts to get to the bottom of the matter.
Tom also includes some poignant comments from a retired teacher about the matter. Mr. Fred Aldrich refutes much of what Colonel Edmonson said on the Jim Engster radio show on Monday. If one listened carefully, Edmonson refutes/contradicts much of what he said himself.
Benefit has increased
As you will recall, the Superintendent of the La. State Police Mike Edmonson received from the leges a retirement gift compliments of the taxpayers of an additional $55,000 a year for the rest of his life.
No, the $55k is not a typo.
Originally, we heard that the extra benefit were $30k per year, but even Edmonson admitted that was a guesstimate. The $55k figure was calculated by Steve Winham who served as the State Budget Officer beginning with Buddy Roemer and subsequent governors until he retired.
If anybody knows numbers, it’s Winham who prepared the state budget, annually, for a couple of decades.
Leges staying mum
Unfortunately, everyone directly involved in this sneak attack on our wallets is remaining mum. That is, except to throw a senior Senate staffer under the bus.
Speaker Chuck Kleckley turned down Rep. John Bel Edwards request for an internal investigation by the House of Representatives. Kleckley’s reasoning is that it is a Senate matter.
My question is, how does Kleckley know that it is a Senate matter until he investigates to make sure nobody on the House side was involved?
Three Representatives (Bryan Adams, Jeff Arnold and Walt Leger) were on the conference committee wherein the amendment was inserted.
Zurik now on trail
With Lee Zurik of WVUE-TV beginning his own investigation of the Edmonson Amendment, you can rest assured that all the facts will ultimately be revealed.
Where Lee goes the Federal Prosecutors are not far behind. Lee is the “pointer” and the Feds put the pointed in prison.
Stay tuned folks, as I said before, it’s just getting started.
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