Community colleges secure $1 million from JPMorgan

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System,  leads a round of applause after the unveiling of a $1 million check, donated to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System by J.P. Morgan Chase, Louisiana, Tuesday on the Baton Rouge Community College campus. Gov. Bobby Jindal, back, center, applauds with students and university system officials.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday the first corporate donor to give matching funds for a program to help higher education institutions focus on programs that train workers. JPMorgan Chase & Company is giving $1 million for the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges to help it secure funding through the legislatively created WISE Fund. The $40 million Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund was created earlier this year as a competitive funding… Continue reading →

James Gill: Don’t fall for it ... Bobby Jindal’s ‘magic touch’ with Louisiana budget is imaginary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answers questions after signing SB667 concerning legacy law suits into law on the last day of legislative session.

We knew that Gov. Bobby Jindal was a modern Midas, because no sooner had he taken up ethics than we had the “gold standard.” The magic touch has not deserted him. Just when a budget deficit loomed, he turned over a cushion in some dark corner of the Capitol, and found a wad of cash. Thus, instead of being $141 million in the hole, Louisiana suddenly had a $178 million surplus. Alas, miracles are not… Continue reading →

Jindal orders Ebola policy

Associated Press file photo by Molly Riley -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered Monday state agencies to develop policies covering travel to Ebola stricken countries by their employees, students and faculty. The executive order covers those who travel as a result of educational trips or work-related missions to countries identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control as having an epidemic of the deadly virus, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Jindal said he wants policies developed within five days “due to the… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Only office I’d seek is presidency

Associated Press photo by JUSTIN HAYWORTH -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fall fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in September

Gov. Bobby Jindal would not respond Tuesday to the flurry of GOP congressional candidates grading his governorship, often with below-average marks, repeating what he called his accomplishments and saying the only accurate grade was “incomplete.” Jindal also told a news conference that he was not interested in any other future office but president of the United States. He specifically ruled out running for the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House. He is just past halfway through his… Continue reading →

Letter: ‘Bobbycare’ destroying health insurance

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, our school-aged son was given a commonly prescribed medication by his physician. My wife attempted to get the pharmacy to fill it. We were shocked and horrified to find that it was rejected by our health insurance: Office of Group Benefits HMO plan through BlueCross, a health insurance plan for Louisiana public employees. For almost 16 years, I have been a member of OGB, and my wife, a teacher, has been a member… Continue reading →