AEDC Memo to School Board argues for Industrial Tax Exemptions

MEMO TO:  ASCENSION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD FROM:  ASCENSION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS DATE: October 17, 2017 SUBJECT: RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PARTICIPATION IN THE ITE PROGRAM FOR PROJECT BAGEL, MAGNOLIA, SUNFLOWER, AND ZINNIA. PERTINENT FACTS FOR CLARIFICATION Under the Executive Order JBE-2016-73, the ITE Program received an immediate reduction in incentive value. The local governing […]

School Board member responds to “slander” by Together Ascension

NOTE:  Pelican Post received the following email which was sent to Ascension public school employees by School Board Public Information Officer Jackie Tisdell. **The following message is being sent on behalf of Ascension Parish School Board Member Troy J. Gautreau, Sr.** To Ascension Parish School Employees, This email is in response to the “Together Ascension” […]

Why the secrecy, Ascension? $450 million in tax exemptions/four fictitious projects/only 32 new jobs?

October 16, 2017 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) Only in Louisiana. A lawsuit filed in 23rd Judicial District Court in Ascension Parish challenging the legality of the proposed approval of $450 million in industrial tax exemptions raises two immediate questions: What are Projects Magnolia, Zinnia, Bagel and Sunflower/Sunflower Seed? Why is the Ascension Parish Council being so […]

Prison inmate work release programs offer enrichment to private and parish prisons

October 15, 2017 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) It took an article in Everybody’s magazine by writer Charles Edward Russell to embarrass the state of Georgia into enacting reforms to the state’s inmate work release program. Following a special legislative session called to address that specific problem, the governor signed into law a compromise bill which, while restructuring […]

AG supports repeal of Clean Power Plan by Trump Administration

BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry is praising EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision today to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama overreach that would have devastated Louisiana’s power plants and energy consumers.  “On behalf of Louisiana workers, job creators, and consumers – I commend Administrator Pruitt and the Trump Administration for repealing […]

Jeff Pettit, at it again. Questions “National Search” for Infrastructure Director

NOTE:  Yesterday Ascension President Kenny Matassa announced the hiring of William Daniel to the Infrastructure Division Director position.  Supposedly the parish conducted a National Search.  Jeff Pettit posed the following questions to his Council representative (and copied other Council members and President Matassa.   Dear John Cagnolatti: As my elected council representative from District 10 […]

Reader proposes list of Home Rule Charter Amendments

This was sent to the Ascension Parish Council.  The following are suggested changes to The Home Rule Charter. * Two four year terms because of complacency and political connection. * No incumbent shall be allowed to campaign while in office or at election time.  He can only state that he is running on his record.  […]

When is the ‘right time’ to talk about limiting access to semi-automatic weapons if it’s ‘not now’?

October 8, 2017 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, himself the victim of an unhinged would-be mass killer, says the Second Amendment means the rights to bear arms is “unlimited.” I respectfully disagree. (Full disclosure: I own a lever-action .22 rifle I inherited from my grandfather and two handguns. I don’t hunt and […]

8 Questions from Jeff Pettit to Matassa administration on Ascension’s maintenance of Gonzales road

Dear Kyle Gautreau, I read with interest in the Gonzales Weekly Citizen your comments about Edenborne Parkway on October 6. “The potholes have been filled.  The parish admits it is a temporary fix, but the road actually belongs to the City of Gonzales.  Eventually it will be repaired in entirety.  For now, drivers heading to […]

Latest survey says Louisiana is third-worst in which to live; at least we aren’t Mississippi

October 6, 2017 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) Earl Long, Jimmie Davis, John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards, Dave Treen, Bubby Roemer, Mike Foster, Kathleen Blanco, Bobby Jindal, John Bel Edwards. Each of these governors has left his or her mark on Louisiana. Some have been good, some bad, and some, for lack of a better term, indifferent. […]