The project cost $564,838.South Louisiana is still in the throes of hurricane rebuilding. We haven't decided how strong to build the levees. Many of the governors constituents are homeless. Many Louisiana residents are still out of state, and the Queen Bee blows a half-million on remodeling. Never let it be said her priorites are out of order.
The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas.
While many Louisiana residents are living in FEMA trailers, or hoping to get a FEMA trailer soon, the Governor decides to best use Louisiana resources by purchasing Swedish Granite countertops. While many Louisiana residents still have uprooted friends and family in their homes, the Governor decides that her staff needs three more offices.
The Governor's staff needs two flat screen televisions? The Governor's staff needs walnut paneling?
I am amazed. Blanco has no concept of frugality, no understanding of deferred maintenance. No respect for the tribulations that tens of thousands of her citizens are experiencing. South Louisana is on the ropes as a home to hundreds of thousands and the Governor decides that the money would be better spent on remodeling. That's classy. That is our governor.
While the Louisiana Congressional delegation is trying to convince the nation that our region is truly needy, the Governor goes ahead with luxurious offices for her staff. Louisiana needs roads, bridges, and levees one heck of a lot more than it needs frosted laminated glass and a new conference room. Fiscal prudence at the highest levels of state government. Yeah. Right.
Hat tip to Rob.