Skip to comments.Blanco orders remodeling just after storms Office tab: $564,838
Posted on 01/03/2006 6:24:20 PM PST by macmedic892
Some members of the governor's staff will return from the three-day holiday on Tuesday to newly renovated offices at the State Capitol. Shortly after the two hurricanes, Gov. Kathleen Blanco decided to renovate some of her staff's offices. At the time of her decision, Blanco also was hinting at deep budget cuts to state programs and the possibility of laying off 20 percent of the state workforce.
The project cost $564,838.
The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas. The week before work began, Blanco ordered a spending and hiring freeze to rein in state government expenses.
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What a bitch. Nero-Blanco rides again.
I certainly hope she gets voted out.
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She should be thrown out of the state head first. What a jerk!
That's a big class/race warfare card being played by Democrats with regards to post-Katrina spending.
Well Blanco? Where did the money go...
Posted by Liz
On News/Activism 01/02/2006 5:21:38 AM CST ·
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Blanco orders remodeling just after storms
Posted by johnmecainrino
On News/Activism 12/31/2005 8:13:21 AM CST ·
86 replies · 1,803+ views
That's beyond stupid, really.
Love to see a MSM reporter grow a set and report if she did or didn't.
Mark my words: she and Nagin will demagogue themselves to a comfortable reelection.
Some people of honor for that state need to stand up and expose them for the sake of their state.
Just feathering her extended nest with taxpayer funds....and this in the face of destruction from Katrina... your govt. leaders at work Lousianans....how this blithering fool got elected is beyond me.
Can this woman really be this lacking in intelligence to simply parade her spending the way she has?
She sure is a sweetie pie isn't she? I hope your voters kick her out!
You left out who the spending was for...
"About 20 members of the governor's staff who focus on constituent services, children's issues, women's policies and other functions will work on the newly restored floor."
It was for the women and children...
Hey, the 3rd times the charm don'tcha see.
Besides it's been more than four hours since the last posting.
"The coffee room in the northwest corner was modernized. "
always good to have a modern coffee room when discussing all those poor folks who are without holmes.
Have you seen the fools that are getting elected to all levels of government? And the fools that do the electing?
That's why, for years now, I've been encouraging rational people of good will to just ignore stupid laws. You can't fall for the "obey the law, or work to change it" crap anymore - there are too many idiots responding to too many idiots pestering them, passing too many idiotic laws - you won't live long enough to make a dent that way.
Prohibition ended when prosecutors couldn't get convictions anymore - the people had had enough. We need to do that some more. A lot more.
The stupid new smoking law in WA state is a good example; I don't know anyone who gives a sh@# about it.
"With copy machines in the halls and files stacked in corners, "it really wasn't very efficient," Wilson said."
Look, it was just done so they could be more ... ahem ... effective and efficient ... ahem ... with their coffee breaks.
Holmes. John Holmes.
"includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass."
and remember, the upgrades were to make the building comply to the safety code. After all, walnut paneling is essential to proper safety. As is frosted glass.
Now we can understand why she was so unavailabe for her people - bigger things were on her mind.
Can understand now why she was so angry and blaming The President for not caring for her people and not ordering Mayor C. Ray Nagin to get those buses on the road. Between getting her talking orders from hillary and Mary Landrieu and blaming The President she was a very busy lady.
"About $54,000,000,000,000 should be a good start, but we may need more money."
And posted yet again by macmedic, for the benefit of those of us who have lives outside FR...
Well red if we all repost what we like every day or so we can fill the damn place up. I mean why bump when we can repost the same thing over and over. As to a life, explain that. I've seen your homepage .... you need more to do.
A cruel message to LA citizens
It would seem that at a time when LA most needs to convince Congress that it will not misuse the funds being sent for rebuilding, our governor would be more careful about her decisions that might send the wrong signal. Even more so it would seem that she would be more concerned about not acting like Marie Antoinette while her subjects are in such dire straits.
The latest let them eat cake message to her subjects from our governor was the renovation of the governors offices in the Capitol. See story here.
It is alleged that the state was afraid of being sued for not going forward with the renovations planned pre-Katrina. BULL-S__T! One doesnt have to be an expert in contracts law to know that nobody can force the state of LA to spend money. Even if there was a judge somewhere who would, it is a bitter message to the citizens of LA about our governments priorities. How about some more debris removal equipment?
[H]ookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas. The Advocate, December 31, 2005
Compare and contrast
1. Contractors? Many of us cant find anyone even if we had the money to pay them to even tear out the water-soaked remnants of our homes.
2. Flat screen televisions hookups and mounts? In the middle of the biggest disaster to ever hit America, what is the need for televisions in state offices?
3. Granite counter tops? Many of us dont even have counters on which to put tops, much less granite ones.
4. Walnut paneling? Many of us have no walls on which to put paneling. Many of our walls are nothing, but bare 2×4s. How about just some dry sheetrock?
5. New offices? Many of us have no offices at all, much less ones with a conference room.
6. File storage areas? I wonder if the governors staff has experienced trying to rent a mini-storage facility in South LA to store the remains of their possessions?
In terms of government waste $564,838 may be small potatoes. But the message being sent to the hundreds of thousands LA citizens with no jobs, no homes and struggling to survive is a cruel one. Where is the governors compassion?
If Blanco were a Republican this would have made tha whirld newz tanite on tha tee vee.
All animals are equal! It's just that some animals are more equal than others. quote Gov. Porko (D-LA).
Though the meat of the article was right they should have cut the brief jab at the beginning because technically she decided to do it before the hurricane then decided to go through with it afterwards. Blanco defenders are sure to nitpick a trite issue like that.
The key message here is Blanco went through with a half a million upgrade that she didn't need after Katrina.
Always the crook.....
' That's why, for years now, I've been encouraging rational people of good will to just ignore stupid laws. '
It's interesting you should mention that. I was thinking about how laws and gov't falter just yesterday and ultimately I think what happens is when the gov't becomes "law-happy" and creates laws the common people ignore a community-gov't schizm occurs. People just simply ignore the laws they feel to be stupid, lose respect for authority, and non-gov't leaders begin to take over.
In a way it's what happened with the American Revolution and the break-up of the USSR. Flouting the Crown/Premier became common place. The people though do desire for a gov't to exist which leads to revolution.
Eventually either the gov't adopts reform or they get overthrown by people trying to codify a new order.
Cousin Bada Blanco was the lowest bada bid co!!
(Maybe two in Lousiana.)
Why, to watch Gov.Blanko in her many TV appearances ... she was even on Larry King live ... and sought cameras at every turn ...
Revolting display of arrogance and self absorbtion.
Glad to see the needs of the few outweighed the needs of the many.
If the government (state or fed) has any balls, it will find a way to mandate the "private" areas to become public and open to tours.
I bet the same people who advised her what to wear during a crisis also advised her how to decorate.
I think that New Orleans is part of a script from the Twilight Zone. Honestly, the people and the money and all of it are so ridiculous.
Yeah...I love that picture. I've been tweaking it and trying to figure out how I might use it here.
Stuck on Stupid!!(Blanco)
Have you all seen the video of Gov. Babineaux Blanco?
I bet the same people who advised her what to wear during a crisis also advised her how to decorate
Actually, the reporter omitted a key point. Blanco canceled a bunch of contracts right after the storm. This one should have been no exception. So Blanco defenders will not have much of a leg to stand on here.
Who da guy wid her? Certainly don't look like her husband.
That pic is from the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival.
Senator Tom Schedler (R) Mandeville
"Swedish granite countertops"
This alone shows the woman is completely out of touch with the reality of what has happened in La.
Shades of Marie Antoinette.