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Artyreb
03-30-2009, 12:13 PM
proposal in Gov. Bobby Jindalís 2010 budget to close all of the stateís historic sites except on Fridays and Saturdays strikes us as penny wise and pound foolish.

The move is aimed at helping to save about $13 million in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

We understand the state is facing a huge budget problem because of the global recession and declining revenue, and that the budget pain must be shared by many state agencies.

But historic sites draw tourists who generate dollars in surrounding communities. We fear that such a radical cutback in hours of operation for these historic sites will be a blow to local economies, possibly losing the state more revenue in the long run than it will save by the cost-cutting move.

The sites to be affected include the Longfellow-Evangeline site in St. Martinville, Poverty Point in northeast Louisiana near Delhi, and the Rosedown Plantation, Port Hudson, Locust Grove, Audubon and Centenary state historic sites in the St. Francisville area.

The cutback in hours of operation for the historic sites would take place July 1 if that part of the governorís budget is approved.
We hope the Legislature finds a better alternative.

MMurphy
03-30-2009, 03:14 PM
On the "bright" side at least they are only "reduced" and NOT "closed" as some states are having them....

Everybody is feeling the pinch....

reb64
03-30-2009, 05:25 PM
proposal in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 2010 budget to close all of the state’s historic sites except on Fridays and Saturdays strikes us as penny wise and pound foolish.

many of our sites are very rural and scarcely visited, so the hours are limited but open still fri-mon or so. its a compromise. Im sure if the daily crowds weres ufficient, the gov wouldnt close a money maker down

PVT.THIB
03-31-2009, 12:55 AM
Its not the fact that he is limiting our park's hours but the fact that he will be laying so many people off. Most of the sites will have to run on a skeleton crew. I have already seen many of my friends lose their jobs due to Mr.Jindals budget cuts, I am pretty tired of it. We are all waiting to see what the legislators will do in the next few months.
Thanks,
Jason Thibodeaux
Wage Interpretor
Fort St. Jean Baptist State Historic Site
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Bruce Schultz
03-31-2009, 10:17 AM
There was talk this past weekend that the Port Hudson reenactment won't be held next year if the cuts go through. 2 tour buses brought people from Austin Texas to attend the event as spectators and to go to the dance. Add their expenditures to the amount of money dropped on the area by re-enactors and I'm sure it's a big amount.
I work for the state too, and this pending budget action is not pleasant.
Louisiana tries to make itself out to be a tourist destination, but this is no way to promote that image.

bob 125th nysvi
03-31-2009, 10:27 PM
you're complaining so how much more in tax dollars are you willing to pony up out of your own pockets?

You can't complain about the effects of budget cuts in one breath and then how high your taxes are in another.

Here is the reality in 2009 America. We have overspent for years and the bird now has come home to roost. We have not held our elected representatives responsible for doing the right thing. And why not, because they 'bring home the bacon'. 'Bacon' to the people in one district is "pork" to the taxpayers in all the other districts.

I heard a radio commentator talking about the NYS budget today. He was talking about how the governor had been (just three weeks ago) talking about making hard cuts but since Obama is giving the state money they are not only not cutting the budget but RAISING it. Then the commentator said the stupidest thing I have ever heard said on the radio. He said "Well the money isn't coming from you or me."

WHERE in blazes does he think Obama is getting it from? Mars? ALL money spent by government in this country at all levels comes right out of our pockets. Whether it is taken by the feds and given to the states, or by the states and given to the locals, or collected locally. It comes right out of our pockets.

It is time in this country to either shut up about our taxes being too high or accept that the government really, REALLY, needs to cut expenditures. And that includes our pet projects! Because every dollar spent by the government outside the essentials is SOMEBODY'S pet project.

Now it is not fun that the governor has to limit a site being open. And it is too bad some government workers will lose their jobs. Welcome to the real world, guys where private employees have been losing jobs for 20 years.

But at least he is trying to find some balance. Schools love the old Friday school outing. The site will be available for those. And the public can go on Saturday with the family. Both of those will generate some tourist dollars.

And the site is going to still be maintained. Heck it may even cost less to maintain because there will be less wear and tear on the site.

Yeah yeah yeah we can all point to wasteful spending. Everybody can and someone is just as bent out of shape because dollars are going to the site instead of to their "essential" expenditure.

The art of getting elected is ticking off your enemies. The art of good governance is being willing to tick off your friends.

reb64
03-31-2009, 10:42 PM
you're complaining so how much more in tax dollars are you willing to pony up out of your own pockets?

You can't complain about the effects of budget cuts in one breath and then how high your taxes are in another.

Here is the reality in 2009 America. We have overspent for years and the bird now has come home to roost. We have not held our elected representatives responsible for doing the right thing. And why not, because they 'bring home the bacon'. 'Bacon' to the people in one district is "pork" to the taxpayers in all the other districts.

Igovernance is being willing to tick off your friends.


sounds like your mad at your liberal state and officials messingup, and taking it out on a fiscally responsible state citizen asking a question. it might stink in your yard but hardly at all next door. some of the gov spending is overreaction and should have been stopped, a good old canning in congress is in order.

bob 125th nysvi
04-02-2009, 11:42 PM
sounds like your mad at your liberal state and officials messingup, and taking it out on a fiscally responsible state citizen asking a question. it might stink in your yard but hardly at all next door. some of the gov spending is overreaction and should have been stopped, a good old canning in congress is in order.

Can you name ONE government in the US at state level that isn't massively in debt?

And obviously in a state like LA which ranks almost at the bottom in per capita income and educational level (and was prior to Katrina so don't even try that one) in the US certainly has NOT been doing a good job spending its money.

Or is being at the bottom of the stack your idea of a "fiscally responsible state"?

So it sounds to me like the gov of LA is making a fairly responsible choice, everybody feels some pain.

As for caning congress how about just going to the booth next time and voting against your incumbent. If they all lose their jobs maybe the next batch will get the message.

The Roman's said it best: "A nation gets the government it deserves." We put ourselves in this mess because we didn't hold our politicians responsible. We always blamed someone we didn't vote for instead of our own politician that we were able to vote for.

Or if you don't like your government cutting spending then vote next time for the guy who promises to raise your taxes.