NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Takes Cues from Governor Bobby Jindal's Disastrous, Anti-Middle Class Agenda in Louisiana

Jindal Among Least Popular Governors in Country for Slashing Education Funding, Working Against Medicaid Expansion and Opposing an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Manchester, NH – As failed CEO Walt Havenstein stumps with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today, Havenstein is also taking cues from the Louisiana governor's disastrous, anti-middle class agenda that has left him “among the least popular governors in the U.S.”

Among Jindal's other devastating budget cuts that have hurt Louisiana's middle-class, he slashed $700 million in funding for higher education, and continues to deny access to affordable, quality health care for nearly 240,000 Louisianans by opposing Medicaid expansion. Similarly, Havenstein signed his name to the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for taking New Hampshire back to the Bill O'Brien era of devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety, and repealing health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters.

“Not only is failed CEO Walt Havenstein touting support from one of the most unpopular governors in the country, but Bobby Jindal's home state of Louisiana is still reeling from his disastrous economic agenda of devastating budget cuts and backwards policies,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Just like Jindal cut $700 million in funding from higher education, Havenstein signed the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for taking New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era when higher education spending was slashed in half and devastating cuts were made to health care and public safety. And while Jindal has blocked efforts to expand Medicaid and increase the minimum wage, Havenstein wants to take away health care from 50,000 Granite Staters and deny hard-working New Hampshire families a needed raise, despite pocketing nearly $20 million for himself as he ran SAIC into the ground and the company shed 5,000 jobs.”

Jindal's deep unpopularity within his home state also stems from his refusal to increase Louisiana's minimum wage, an issue that a majority of Louisianans now favor. Likewise, Havenstein has proven that he is out of touch with middle-class families by continuing to oppose a needed pay raise for 76,000 hard-working Granite Staters, despite taking nearly $20 million as he ran SAIC into the ground, the company lost millions of dollars, shed 5,000 jobs and it's stock value plummeted 32%.

“If the deep unpopularity towards Bobby Jindal's anti-middle class agenda in Louisiana tells us anything about failed CEO Walt Havenstein's similar so-called “plan” for New Hampshire, it's that Havenstein isn't looking out for hard-working Granite Staters and would drive our state into the ground just like he did to SAIC,” continued Buckley.


Jindal among least popular governors in U.S.
“A new poll released Tuesday suggests Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the least popular governors in the U.S. […] Fifty-three percent said they disapprove of Jindal's job performance.” [The Advocate, 3/4/14]

242,150 Louisiana Residents Would Have Gained Health Care Coverage Had Louisiana Expanded Medicaid 
“Refusing to accept the money was a terrible decision. The extra federal money would allow tens of thousands of uninsured families to get health coverage. These are people who earn too much money for Medicaid under the old formula but can't afford to buy a private policy and aren't covered at their jobs. The Kaiser Family Foundation says there are 242,150 Louisiana residents in those circumstances.” [Editorial, Times-Picayune, 9/7/14]

Bobby Jindal Opposed Efforts To Raise The Minimum Wage In Louisiana and Nationally
“Jindal said he would not be in favor raising the minimum wage nationally or in Louisiana at this time because the country's economy isn't strong enough. Both the U.S. Congress and the Louisiana State Legislature are considering increases to the lowest possible wage this spring.” [The Times-Picayune, 2/26/14]

Bobby Jindal Slashed $700 Million From Higher Education Since 2008
“The economic miracle suggested by the employment figures, meanwhile, has not exactly put state government in clover, partly, no doubt, because of the tax cuts Jindal is so proud of. He just ordered a spending freeze across all departments, and has been obliged to tap state Treasurer John Kennedy for a $40 million loan to keep the colleges open. Next year's budget, as usual, is held together with chewing gum and baling wire. Higher education has been cut by $700 million since 2008, with tuition increases picking up some of the slack, while health care for the poor slips ever further down Jindal's agenda.” [The Advocate, 5/1/14]