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Sunday, December 9, 2018 9:00 PM

Let's Dedicate A Kathleen Blanco Plaza at The Superdome Now

Put Louisiana First Family: Please Read The Following Piece By New Orleans Native John Mathis And Sign Our Petition.

Richard Lipsey
Founder
Put Louisiana First

Photo: Kathleen Blanco shares her vision for a rebuilt Superdome following the severe damage by Hurricane Katrina

Every time the Saints block a punt, fans who saw it are reminded of the great Steve Gleason block at the first Superdome game following Katrina. Nobody questions that rebuilding the Superdome was the right decision now. In 2006 Republicans and Democrats launched heavy criticism against Governor Blanco for making it a top priority. Click the link to get the story...

 


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:38 PM

George HW Bush Is The Modern Role Model For Politics

"George HW Bush is the modern role model for folks in politics. There are too few today, if any, like him. You can oppose without belittling your opponent. You can disagree without being disagreeable. You can serve with your only motive being doing what is right for the people you serve. Every public servant needs to know they can be like him and ask themselves if they have the courage to serve rather than be served. "

Congressman and Bush Deputy Chief of Staff, Henson Moore   Click The Link For Complete Article...



Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:30 PM

Safety and Infrastructure Are Key To Our Prosperity In Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux estimates that 70 percent of people in Parish Prison have a diagnosed mental health disorder and a large number don't need to be in prison. This is something that touches all of us. Beyond the human concern, our families are at additional risk to violent offenders because our police are burdened with calls that are mental health issues, not law enforcement issues. Baton Rouge needs a mental health center now for our safety and the welfare of those we love.

Across our state businesses are specifically avoiding activity in Baton Rouge due to traffic delays. Consumers are avoiding our retail establishments. New businesses are locating elsewhere because they cannot afford the delays in transport of their goods and personnel. Most importantly, we are giving up our most precious asset, time with family, due to the worst commute for a city of our size found in America.  Click link to read more...


Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:14 PM

We Are Thankful For Louisiana And You

As we enter Thanksgiving week we are thankful to people like you that daily make great things happen. Click link above to find out why...

 

 

 



Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:25 PM

Sheriff Jeff Wiley Brought Modern Law Enforcement To Ascension And Leaves Department In Great Hands

Sheriff Jeff Wiley's integrity, leadership, and skillful administration has been a blessing to Ascension Parish, the entire Baton Rouge region, and all of Louisiana. He's announced his intention to step down this January and turn leadership over to the unquestionably qualified Bobby Webre. We owe Sheriff Wiley great thanks and recognition and hope he will serve as a model for the leaders we need in all areas of government to build a bright future for Louisiana.

Sheriff Wiley enrolled in the Marine Corps in 1970 and began his formal law enforcement training there. From that point on he's been about THE MISSION without distraction, and that has been critical.  Jeff Wiley has been a rock of leadership through the storms and crises our area and state has faced. Click link for details...


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:28 PM

We Cannot Lose This Battle To Alabama!

We watched kids from Louisiana make plays in Tiger Stadium wearing Alabama uniforms last Saturday. It's something that didn't start with this coaching staff, and something they know they must do something to stop. We wish the football staff all success in doing it. However, there is another much more important battle for Louisiana families underway. Click the link to find out more...


Friday, November 2, 2018 7:30 PM

King Alexander's Lower Standards For LSU Are Already In Court

 

My alma mater LSU is not the plaintiff currently, but the trial currently involving Harvard University's "Holistic Admissions" procedures reveals the future if Alexander is not stopped. It is guaranteed that LSU will suffer such a suit if King Alexander's admitted violation of Board of Regents minimum standards is allowed to stand. Read more... 


Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:22 AM

It Could Happen To Your Child Or Grandchild

"It could happen to your child or grandchild."-Kristian Garic  WWL Radio



Andrew Robison can play football again and the LHSAA actions that robbed all but one regular season game from him were a disgrace. Andrew Robison has a great family and support system as has been made clear throughout the ordeal. That's why the case is a disgrace and not a tragedy. However, it reveals a history of tragedies that we as Louisianians must end. Read More... 



Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:37 PM

THE IMPARTIAL ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IS THE FOUNDATION OF LIBERTY

We at Put Louisiana First want to commend our hometown Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, and his colleagues Paul Connick of Jefferson, Keith Stutes of Lafayette, and James Stewart of Caddo for being the latest to support the Unanimous Jury Amendment. We have been encouraging all voters to say yes to the Unanimous Jury Amendment on November 6. We have been honored to support this bipartisan, pro-American, pro-Constitution effort. The Louisiana Republican Party and the Louisiana Democratic Party both endorse this amendment.
Here is what Lafourche Parish Sheriff Republican Craig Webre says:
"The Founding Fathers believed unanimous jury decision was essential to the protection of justice. I agree with them."

Click link to read more...






Tuesday, October 30, 2018 4:37 PM

#LSU GREAT DALE BROWN REMINDS US WHY WE MUST STAND TOGETHER AGAINST EVIL


Friday, October 19, 2018 3:16 AM

Court Victory For Robison Reveals True Tragedy of LHSAA

On October 16 the Judge in the Andrew Robison hearing appropriately denied everything the LHSAA asked for.
Put Louisiana First had suspended coverage of this disgraceful abuse of yet another student athlete to allow the parties helping Andrew to determine the best course of action for this outstanding young man. The family has chosen to pursue final arbitration hearing with the LHSAA, which could be heard as early as the week of October 22.

Click headline for full story. 

 


Monday, October 8, 2018 1:56 PM

PUT LOUISIANA FIRST LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IN DEVELOPMENT

PUT LOUISIANA FIRST LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IS IN DEVELOPMENT



Put Louisiana First is developing a nonpartisan summit for Louisiana state legislators to follow the upcoming election on November 6, 2018.
The initial plan is to meet with a small group of legislators equally representing both parties prior to establish priorities for discussion at the summit where cooperation without compromise of principles can bring vital reform.
Suggested priorities for the summit from Put Louisiana First to the initial planning group of legislators will include these items:

1) Immediately increase post secondary training and education participation by Louisiana high school graduates beginning with the class of 2019.

2) Freeze administrative spending in all departments.

3) Terminate all non performance based tax exemptions and rebates benefiting special interests.

4) Terminate all tax exemptions and rebates in existence for three years or more that have not demonstrated an average net fiscal benefit for the past three years.

5) Increase the amount of funding that can be held in the "Rainy Day Fund by 20% and the minimum automatic distribution of any surplus to the fund by 30% to avoid future fiscal crises.

6) Eliminate statutory dedications that produce inefficiency and inflexibility in state budgeting and contribute to fiscal pressure on education and health care.

7) Eliminate franchise tax and provide a moderate flat tax option for all businesses with under 20mm in revenue to reduce administrative and regulatory burden on small business, the major engine of economic growth.

8) Immediately prohibit any legislator from proposing or voting on legislation that provides a special benefit to any business they have an ownership interest in of 5% or more. This would apply to any legislation not applying to all Louisiana business entities.

9) Eliminate per diem or any financial compensation for any legislator for any additional special sessions for two years after any special session is called. 


Put Louisiana First is a 501(c)4 community organization established by Louisiana businessman Richard Lipsey.


Monday, October 1, 2018 4:00 AM

STOP ABUSE OF THIS STUDENT ATHLETE

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00 PM

Click link for article: Should remediation return to LSU?

"With the University’s holistic admissions policy, which relaxes previous admissions standards, there is a growing potential for the remedial classes to return to the campus that worked so hard to eliminate them."


Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:15 AM

REGENTS ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE AUDIT OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Official Press Release of Louisiana Board of Regents Follows Below:

 

Meg Casper Sunstrom
Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Communication

Nikki Godfrey
Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs

Louisiana Board of Regents

(225) 342-4253


September 26, 2018

REGENTS ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE AUDIT OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Louisiana approaching 20-year anniversary for minimum admissions standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Board of Regents today announced an audit of all four-year universities aimed at measuring compliance with the state's minimum admissions standards.

In 2005, Regents established minimum admissions standards to focus on enrolling students at institutions where they could be most likely to achieve academic success. The audit program will begin as soon as campus data is available for this fall semester and will include a review of admissions exceptions.

"Given the heightened interest in admissions standards and the role of the Board of Regents in enforcing standards and expectations, now is clearly the time to take a deep dive into our institutions' compliance," said Regents Chairman Robert W. Levy. "Additionally, this audit will drive our discussions moving forward in terms of where we've been and where we are going in terms of access and success for students who choose to go to college," Levy emphasized.

"As we set a new vision for higher education and enhance our focus on talent development, it is appropriate for us to analyze the Regents admission standards and its impact on student completion." said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed." This is step one in an important process of accountability and policy review." Reed said.

In the 2001 Master Plan, the Board of Regents established minimum admission standards for Louisiana's public four-year institutions giving the campuses, and high school students, four years to prepare to meet the changes. The new standards took effect in 2005. The Regents' admissions requirements include completion of a college prep core curriculum plus a certain GPA OR a certain ACT score. The GPA or ACT cut scores were graduated (by institution and type) with LSU (as the flagship) having the highest minimum standard. In addition, the minimum admission standards restricted admission of students requiring remedial education to statewide and regional college campuses (i.e., all but LSU) based on ACT English and Math subscores.

Staff anticipates the audit process to begin in January with a report to the Board for their action in the spring.


Monday, September 10, 2018 12:01 PM

Don't Lower Standards At LSU

 

"The more we have removed subjectivity and politics from LSU admissions, the more we have been successful for the people of LSU." -Richard Lipsey, Founder of Put Louisiana First

LSU President King Alexander actually supports our arguments against his actions in his guest column in the 9/6/2018 Advocate. The unilateral action he has taken to disrupt the admissions process for not only LSU, but schools across our great state is unwise, dangerous, and will produce chaos at other colleges across Louisiana who had not been informed of his plan.

In his column, he commends the fact that LSU just enrolled its largest and most diverse freshman class in history with a mean ACT score of 26. These outstanding numbers have been achieved under the wise policies established by the Board of Regents and LSU Board of Supervisors before Alexander arrived and that he now seeks to change.
After years of substandard performance, undue political influence, and inappropriate influence based on money and power the sound practices established by the Board of Regents and Board of Supervisors have paid great dividends.

Alexander wants to claim credit for the great success of the standards established long before he arrived, and then unilaterally change them. He wants to change what has created this success just as LSU and all our institutions around the state are finally achieving some measure of economic stability. He wants to disrupt the budgets and business models of all our other great universities around the state just as they are stabilized.

He did not consult with those responsible for those other schools as anyone who wants to put Louisiana first would. Alexander claims that his new policy is sound because it mirrors policies at Harvard University that has a 5 percent acceptance rate of applicants, and the University of Texas that has a 39 percent acceptance rate. These schools turn down thousands of high-achieving students annually.
This is an absurd comparison to be made when LSU has a 76 percent acceptance rate and a practice of admitting all applicants qualified by standards that will now be subjective.

Very often those within a bureaucracy lose sight of the people of Louisiana’s purpose for the institution they are employed at. The Regents and Supervisors initiated the flagship concept for LSU before Alexander was here. They did this on behalf of the people of Louisiana who have since been served by initiating objective standards that are not subject to political influence, who can write a big check, or cronyism.

In short, the more we have removed subjectivity and politics from LSU admissions, the more we have been successful for the people of LSU. Changing this certainly may be very good for Alexander and certain bureaucrats, as it will allow them more personal power from subjective control of admissions. It may be good for the child of a wealthy donor or influential politician. It will not be good for the vast majority of hardworking students and parents who have been competing and succeeding on a fair playing field with defined rules of the game. They now will be subjected to having their educational future subject to arbitrary decisions of an admissions bureaucracy that can be influenced by politics and cronyism.

Richard Lipsey
Founder, Put Louisiana First


Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:22 PM

We Must Increase Postsecondary Education Participation Now

I am making an immediate call for all of us to see that the message "You must move on with your education after high school to move forward to your best future" is echoed in every Louisiana high school this year.

There is an immediate issue in our state that more than anything will affect your property value, Louisiana tax revenue, level of spending on governmental assistance, the impact of crime in your life, and the prosperity of small and large businesses of all types in Louisiana. All these things will be determined more than anything by the number of Louisiana high school graduates that pursue postsecondary education and training after high school.

We must increase postsecondary education participation in Louisiana beginning with the class of 2019.
60 percent of Louisiana high school graduates are not pursuing postsecondary education and training after high school. In 2020, 66 percent of new jobs created in the economy will require training beyond high school. This means 60 percent of our Louisiana young adults are entering an economy where they are not qualified for 2 out of 3 of the opportunities available. While a long term approach to change this is required, we must use the tools already in place to immediately reverse this trend beginning with the class of 2019. It is the responsibility of every high school, school board, community, and our political leaders to see that every member of the class of 2019 has a scheduled start date for some form of postsecondary education and training before they graduate this year.
The median yearly income of someone with a high school diploma alone is $28,400, compared to $44,800 with a two-year (Associate’s) degree and $56,500 with a four-year (Bachelor’s) degree. Currently, the median income for someone with two years of specialized technical training is even higher $63,300. Clearly postsecondary education and training is a life changer for everyone regardless of intended career path. And it will change all our lives, wherever we live in Louisiana. Nothing will increase tax revenues to repair our aging infrastructure, reduce governmental assistance spending, and create customers for Louisiana businesses than a high earning workforce resulting from preparation to fill the jobs in the current and next economy.

TOPS is available for traditional higher education, but any student choosing a different route to success must be empowered to take advantage of existing TOPS funding for two year and other technical programs. Often all it takes is one person willing to take an action on behalf of a student to encourage them to take advantage of significant programs and funding sources for post secondary education and training directly related to a future of exciting employment for them, regardless of their interests.

I am making an immediate call for all of us to see that the message "You must move on with your education after high school to move forward to your best future" is echoed in every Louisiana high school this year. We must make sure that every member of the class of 2019 in Louisiana high schools is aware of the huge lifetime impact of the choice to pursue post secondary education, is provided information on the numerous resources to get it done, and has a scheduled start date for post secondary education before they graduate this year.

Richard Lipsey

Put Louisiana First

 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:08 PM

Thousands received this high cost St. George Petition mailer. It's time to ask WHY??

Thousands of Baton Rouge voters just received a high cost mailer from "Our Promising Future, LLC".  This corporate entity has provided the funds for this well financed campaign to create a separate city in East Baton Rouge Parish.

WHY...Has the petition been drawn up this way?

WHY...Would anyone want to promote more government?

WHO...Would benefit from this?.... And why are they willing to finance an expensive campaign to promote it.

The spokespeople and sponsors of the campaign have presented themselves as a grassroots effort. The reality is that this high production campaign for separation has been expensive. We have no doubt that some sincere people who believe they are doing the right thing are volunteering in the effort. But it's time that we the taxpayers are told the truth about WHY? this effort was launched and who would really benefit.

The original effort was said to be for an independent school district, but nowhere in the current proposal is there any provision and funding for a new school district. Although a new school district is not included at all in their budget it is listed as the number one reason to sign the petition in their expensive mailer. In addition to existing East Baton Rouge taxes and government agencies, we do know that this proposal will add more government in the form of at least one additional taxing agency on top of that. New government bureaucracy is in the proposal including an additional city council, an additional police chief, and a city manager that residents will not be allowed to vote for.

WHY...Has the petition been drawn up this way?

WHY...Would anyone want to promote more government?

WHO...Would benefit from this?.... And why are they willing to finance an expensive campaign to promote it.

We encourage the media to ask and find the answers to these questions. Hard working residents need to know the truth. We will see that they get it. 

 

 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:39 AM

LSU President King Alexander Is Lowering The ACT Requirement At LSU

LSU President King Alexander is lowering the minimum ACT requirement at LSU.

It took years of dedicated effort to raise LSU's average ACT score for admitted freshmen from below 20 to 27. This is an incredible increase. The addition of the Honors College program solidified the progress of LSU to true Flagship University Status. For many years high performing students left for other state Flagship Universities never to return. Now students with the skills to build a bright future for Louisiana are remaining in state to contribute.

In the 1990's the Louisiana Board of Regents established a system that has been incredibly successful at creating true Flagship status for LSU. All other higher education institutions were placed into one tier of 10 regional schools or another tier of three statewide schools. Each tier has differing ACT score and GPA requirements. The two-year community colleges are open enrollment.

By removing objective standards at LSU, King Alexander opens the door for politics and money to influence admissions decisions. Donors and persons of influence can now bring inappropriate influence to the admissions process.

Only the Louisiana Board of Regents is authorized in the Louisiana Constitution to change minimum standards. The standards they adopted in the 1990's have produced excellent results. King Alexander's spokesman Jason Droddy says Alexander can in his words "thread through" requirements to end the minimum ACT standard without Regents approval. 

 

Put Louisiana First asks you to call LSU President King Alexander at 225 578 2111 and the Board of Regents at 225 342 4253 and tell them to stop the plan to lower LSU standards immediately.

Follow us now on Facebook at http://facebook.com/putlouisianafirst/ 


Friday, August 31, 2018 4:23 PM

Governor Edwards Hails $80 Million Louisiana From Trump Administration

 

Governor John Bel Edwards attended an infrastructure meeting at the White House after being invited by President Trump. The Trump Administration has provided a record $80 million dollar windfall to Louisiana following this year's infrastructure meeting with John Bel Edwards at the White House.

 


Tuesday, August 28, 2018 3:49 PM

Congressman Graves And Governor John Bel Edwards Put Louisiana First To Secure Billions In Flood Control

            

"All told Louisiana will receive billions to right the wrongs  and improve and modernize drainage. It will be breathtaking to behold once it's under way, when you have the combination of all of these dollars."- Graves Spokesman

After years of neglect a cooperative effort by Graves and Edwards has resulted in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announcing $1.2 billion for the state to provide money for flood mitigation projects that are aimed at better management of entire watersheds, like the Amite River basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also announced an additional $1.4 billion in projects
FEMA will also provide $220 million in hazard mitigation dollars to Louisiana.

The money will be administered by the state and a "watershed council" is now developing a process to review projects and allocate the money. Graves and Edwards have long made the point that the state completes these projects faster and at a fraction of the cost of the US Army Corps of Engineers. In a continued effort of cooperation Congressman Graves and Governor Edwards released a joint statement on the funding.



Thursday, August 9, 2018 12:05 PM

Trump Congratulates John Bel Edwards For Making Louisiana Safer

President Donald Trump congratulated John Bel Edwards on his innovative Criminal Justice reforms.
The White House says John Bel Edwards has implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump.
The mostly Republican group included Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, and John Bel Edwards. Also attending were Republican attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida and Ken Paxton of Texas.

Following the meeting, Governor John Bel Edwards invited President Trump to tour the Angola Penitentiary to see reforms underway.

 


Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:28 PM

Louisiana Higher Education Finances Stabilized For The First Time In A Decade

"Republicans, Democrats, and independents voted to put our fiscal cliff in the rearview mirror," said Gov. John Bel Edwards during a press conference Sunday evening June 24. 

Lawmakers also voted on a state spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The approved budget plan funds hospitals, public universities, the TOPS college scholarship, nursing homes, medical residents' salaries, mental health services, substance abuse services, sheriffs and the Louisiana National Guard, which had all been on the chopping block earlier this year.
Since the beginning of the Jindal administration, the Louisiana Legislature had struggled to find a long-term tax solution to shore up state spending.



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