Letter: Kennedy’s plan for higher ed has merit

I am in support of Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy’s plan to fund higher education and will continue to file legislation to reduce consulting contracts in this state until we are successful in passing it through the state Senate. Think about this: This state spent over $5.2 billion (that’s billion) on professional, personal and consulting contracts in 2012. The bill I proposed the last few years was to reduce this figure by 10 percent, which I figured it would be half a billion dollars. Could not then be used to fund higher ed? The governor’s office responds to Mr. Kennedy that we cannot do this. Why is it that for the last two years every member of the House of Representatives voted in favor of this bill yet each time we bring the bill to the senate finance committee Republicans kill the bill. This legislation does not call for across-the-board cuts but, in fact, allows the governor’s folks to cut 10 percent where they see fit. Now we are told that the administration will spend another $4 million on another study with an out-of-state firm coming in to show us how to cut costs?? I can easily show the administration how to do that, but, for some reason, they don’t want to get it.

Jerome “Dee” Richard

business developer and state legislator

Thibodaux