Friday, February 17, 2006

More Road-Kill For The Buzzards

The Louisiana Legislature has passed a bill to consolidate the various levee boards into two distinct boards without the cronyism of the past.

This change was not done without raising the pique of the legislators who were affected. Now, like little children, they are stomping their feet to express their disatisfaction. Unlike children, their antics will have negative repercussions on others.

The leges were...

...angry over passage of the governor's levee board reform bill, blocked the committee hearing on a procedural motion that needed a two-thirds vote of approval. The vote was 56-34.

If the housing plan bill is not approved by today's deadline, it will be back to the drawing board for the governor and the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the money flow to homeowners could be slowed.

The bill in question, Senate Bill 49, creates an 11-member professional board of experienced mortgage, banking and home builder members to administer the nearly $12 billion in federal housing recovery funds that could begin flowing in weeks.
But the opposition to the bill may not be just about revenge.
There is a power struggle over control of the $12 billion between the state and New Orleans officials.
Just as I knew would happen, large block grants from the federal government to the state will be like throwing road-kill to the buzzards. In the mean time Tweety Bird goes hungry.

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