Rep. Paul Hollis Letter & Charles Goodwin Response

“In less than one month, Louisiana lawmakers will gather at

the State Capitol to kick-off the 2018 Legislative Session.

This year, I have pre-filed legislation that will improve

solvency for Louisiana’s retirement systems, curb sewage

overflows, and hold government officials accountable in

real-time for their inexcusable behavior.

HB54 – Reforms the recall process in Louisiana by lowering

the threshold required to trigger a recall election.

HCR-1 – Creates the Sanitary Sewer Systems Overflows

Commission to “study and make recommendations on actions

necessary to timely report, reduce, and eliminate sewage

overflows” in Louisiana.

HB38 – Works to improve solvency in Louisiana’s retirement

systems.

This session, I will also file legislation that prohibits

drug manufacturers and distributors from price gouging

Louisiana residents with life-threatening illnesses or

chronic diseases. In addition to passing these

legislative initiatives, I will continue to hold the line

on taxes and spending.

As you know, Governor John Bel Edwards is pushing for

higher taxes and more reckless spending. He wants to plug

budget shortfalls with your hard earned dollars instead of

reducing the size and scope of state government.

Rest assured, I will stand firm against his liberal agenda

and stand up for hardworking Louisiana families.

I hope you will stand with me by chipping in $35, $50, or

even $100. Together, we can stop “tax and spend” liberals

in the State Capitol and ensure a bright and promising

future for our state.”

Representative Paul Hollis, Louisiana House of

Representatives, District 104

B. Charles Goodwin Response Letter To Rep. Hollis

The first part of your email I agree with.

But the “tax and spend” folks have been the Republican

Legislators who control spending. The Governor cannot

spend a dime. To blame the deficit on him, rather than the

legislature, is disingenuous at best. Please remember that

Jindal would not even renew the tobacco tax which affects

the cost of health and health care.

Louisiana is among the least taxed in the USA.

Louisiana’s gas taxes have not been increased in decades,

but road and bridge costs have. Our deplorable, unsafe,

and dangerous roads and bridges are the result. Is that

what you want continued?

That said, there is some (emphasis on Some) truth that

revenue is not the problem, rather, spending is (such as

the on-going ridiculous contracts to whomever for

whatever). What have you done to curb this excessive

spending?

What have you done to bring Louisiana State employees in

line with other southern states?

Or what have you done to bring Louisiana revenues in line

with other southern states?

Or what have you done to bring Louisiana spending in line

with other southern states?

I’ll be delighted to “chip in” as soon as you indicate that

you understand my points. And answer several of my prior

unanswered emails.

Thanks for your pre-filed legislation. That’s a start.

Charles Goodwin, Mandeville