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Jindal For President - On Sec. Clinton Econ Plan: Feeding Greedier and Greedier Government 

Jindal for President


CEDAR RAPIDS - Governor Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox News Sunday this morning where he said Secretary Hillary Clinton’s economic plan will be “feeding a greedier and greedier government that’s gonna swallow up the private sector."  


Excerpts:  Governor Jindal: "It’s gonna be more taxes, more government spending, more regulations. It’s feeding a greedier and greedier government that’s gonna swallow up the private sector. There’s never enough money or power for the government according to the Left."



Jindal For President - Setting the Record Straight on Gov. Jindal's Record of Cutting Government 

Jindal for President


Today, Liberal groups and left -leaning reporters are out to slander Governor Jindal’s conservative record of governance. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, for instance, has a column out with a number of factual mistakes and allegations that don’t tell the whole story.

Let’s take a look out some of Mr. Hunt’s arguments …

Governor Jindal Has Balanced The Budget Every Year In Office, Cut Taxes, Cut Government, And The State Has Received 8 Credit Rating Upgrades

Al Hunt criticizes Governor Jindal for cutting taxes and what he considers as poor budgeting practices.  The reality is that liberals don’t like the fact that Governor Jindal drastically cut government and it has worked.  Louisiana has more people working than ever, with higher incomes. And government is smaller than it has ever been.

Since 2008, The Overall Louisiana Budget Has Been Reduced From Over $34 Billion In FY 07-08 To $25.1 Billion In FY 15-16, A Nearly $9 Billion Decrease, Or A 26% Reduction. (Division of Administration, FY 2008-2009 Budget,; Division of Administration, FY 2014-2015 Budget,; Reuters, “Louisiana's budget a long-term solution: Jindal's office, Reuters, 6/13/15) 

Since 2008, The Number Of State Employees Has Been Reduced From 93,554 To 61,573, A Reduction Of 31,981, Marking A 34% Decrease.   (Louisiana Civil Service Commission Report, March 6, 2015 Weekly Report; “Government Workers Down 30K Over 6 Years,” The Advocate, 11/7/14)

The State Employment Level Is At Its Lowest Level In Over Two Decades. (“Government Workers Down 30K Over 6 Years,” The Advocate, 11/7/14)

Louisiana’s Credit Rating Has Improved Drastically Since 2008, With The State Receiving Eight Credit Rating Upgrades Among The Three Major Credit-Rating Agencies (Moody’s, Fitch, And Standards And Poor’s) Over The Past 6 Years. (State Credit Ratings From Standard & Poor’s, 2001-2014,, 7/9/14; Moody’s Investors Service, “Rating Changes for the 50 States from 1970,” 1/15/15; “Fitch cites state's "solid financial management" in assigning 'AA' rating to Louisiana GO Bonds,” Division of Administration, 2/16/11)

Today, There Are More People Working In Louisiana Than At Any Previous Time In The State’s History. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/7/15)

Louisiana’s Private Sector Has Gained A Net 94,600 New Jobs Since January 2008, Making Louisiana No. 2 In The South And No. 7 In The Nation For Private Sector Job Growth Over That Period. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, Series ID: SMS22000000500000001, Accessed 6/19/15)

Governor Jindal Upset The Apple Cart In Louisiana When He Passed Big Reforms And Cut Government

Mr. Hunt cites three Louisiana “Republicans” in his story who are critical of Governor Jindal’s conservative record.  What Mr. Hunt leaves out is that all three of these politicians switched parties to become Republicans around the time or after Governor Jindal took office.  Louisiana has trended more Republican since Governor Jindal took office and a big reason for that is Governor Jindal has shown at the state level what true conservative reform looks like when implemented. But, there are many Louisiana politicians who are upset Governor Jindal has brought so many changes to state government and made drastic reductions to the size of government. RedState’s Erick Erickson sums it up best…

RedState’s Erick Erickson: “Jindal is an outsider. … Jindal fixed it [Huey Long’s crumbling welfare state]. For many, it was and is tough medicine.”

Governor Jindal Has Brought Real Education Reform To Louisiana

Mr. Hunt argues Governor Jindal has “fashioned a series of education reforms but didn't adequately fund them,” and “The honors student in biology signed legislation promoting the teaching of creationism in the schools.”

Both of these points are wrong. Governor Jindal has brought transformational reforms to K-12 education. Total funding for K-12 education in the Louisiana budget is more than 15% higher than it was when Governor Jindal took office, and more kids have access to a great education.

Governor Jindal’s Education Reforms Have Turned Around Louisiana’s School Systems:

Since Governor Jindal Took Office, The Number Of Louisiana Failing Schools Has Been Cut In Half. (Louisiana Department of Education, School, District, and State Performance Scores, October 2011)

Now Only 10% Of Schools Operating In New Orleans (2014-15 School Year) Are Considered Failing.  This Is Down From 64% Pre-Hurricane Katrina.  (“New Orleans public schools pre-Katrina and now, by the numbers,” Times Picayune, 8/29/14)

The State’s High School Graduation Rate Has Increased >From 66% In 2008 To 74.6%, An All-Time High, In 2014. (“Louisiana continues to improve its public high school graduation rate, hit record rate of 74.6% in 2014,” The Advocate, 4/9/15; District and State Graduation Rates, Louisiana Department of Education,; )


AFPNH - next up on the road to reform!


Americans for Prosperity is charging forward with a commonsense agenda for 2015, Robert. It's a slate of reforms we believe Congress can enact right now to get government out of your way and improve your life.

As we do it, we're keeping you posted on many of the issues you just aren't going to get on the news every day. Nevertheless, they're the battlegrounds where economic freedom will be won or lost this year. Through our Road to Reform event series, those at the center of the policy debate are briefing AFP volunteers on how to succeed and what comes next.

The next event is focused on government reform. We'll hear from a number of experts including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who will speak about his executive experience reining in government agencies.

Just a couple of weeks ago at our last Road to Reform event, Senator Marco Rubio and Heritage Foundation's Diane Katz explained the importance of ending the Export-Import Bank and the fact that flooding lawmakers with messages was the best way to get them to pay attention. Five days later, Export-Import expired! Take a look at this LA Times article, which explains how AFP staff and volunteers accomplished this victory!

If you're ready to fight and win again, reserve your seat for July 22 at 7PM. Our guests will speak at the Radisson Manchester Hotel Downtown. The discussion kicks off at 7PM, and you can RSVP right here!

There aren't many opportunities to hear insights on our policy priorities from those at the center of the debate, so seats will of course fill very quickly. If you'd like to attend, be sure you sign up today -- then keep an eye out for future "Road to Reform" events with policy experts.

Live Free or Die,

Greg Moore
State Director
Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire


APIA - URGENT help needed to stop tomorrow's vote on Every Child Achieves Act!



The U.S. Senate could vote on the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)  the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization  as early as tomorrow. We need your help to stop this legislation and end federal overreach.

What can you do? 

Go to this link, click your Senator, and tweet them the automated message showing your opposition to Common Core and ECAA. You can do this multiple times to multiple Senators. So, please help us by tweeting them often.

If you don't have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one here.

It's easy. Join the battle on Twitter and tell your Senator to vote NO. 

Take action today! 

Also - you can call your Senator at 202.224.3121 and ask them to vote against ECAA. 

Let's stand strong together as we fight for local control of education and against federal intrusion.


Emmett McGroarty

Director of Education
American Principles in Action

Read the top 21 reasons to oppose ECAA here.


Speaker Jasper statement on the passage of SB30 


The following statement was issued today by NH House  Speaker Shawn Jasper following the passage by the House of SB 30-FN-L. The legislation would authorize the Business  Finance Authority to guarantee bonds for projects in unincorporated towns in New Hampshire.  The bill passed on a Roll Call vote, 293-57.


“By extending the local option for municipal economic development and revitalization districts to include our unincorporated towns, the door is now wide open for future development and job creation for the northern part of our state.  With the assistance of the State of New Hampshire, many of the economically challenged rural areas that have been battling to stave off economic hardship for years can now look forward to the prospect of economic prosperity.  The legislation that the House overwhelmingly passed today also creates a level playing field for the rural areas of the Granite State in attracting new business and creating jobs for their region.  By increasing the BFA’s bonding authority for the first time in over twenty years, this will also help the economic development for the entire state.”