State economists said this week the next governor could possibly see an extra one-billion dollars in revenue for next year. What would be your plans for the extra funding?
This extra-one billion dollars should be used to create an emergency fund for Louisiana and the interest earned should be used perpetually for helping students prepare for the work force and offering of start-up small business grants for Louisiana college graduates to be used in Louisiana.
I would dedicate most of the new budget surplus to paying down the state debt. Currently we have huge unfunded liabilities in state employees' retirement and health systems. We must pay interest on this debt each year but the state has not been able to pay down the liability. Paying down the debt will free up dollars devoted to interest payments as well as put the retirement and health insurance systems on sounder footing. This is a conservative approach to handling taxpayers' money.
Finish old projects and implement my master plan to provide safe shelter and services for homeless, handicapped, ect.
Anthony "Tony G" Gentile
The completion of I-49 and intense inspection of our bridges and overpasses. A good hard look at secondary roadways.
I will restore Louisiana's coastline and rebuild the state's infrastructure with the budget surplus. To restore the coast, I will work with our universities, local engineers, and environmental action groups to develop cost-effective strategies to rebuild and restore Louisiana's wetlands. I will allocate the remainder of the budget surplus to necessary infrastructure projects throughout the state such as the completion of I-49 and the widening of heavily traveled roads and bridges.
M.V. "Vinny" Mendoza
The most important investment that we can ever make is in providing the highest quality education to our children if not think about them being ignorant all their lives. For this reason, I would provide training to all teachers in the school system the same way that Japanese teachers receive training. I am prepared to speak to the Japanese Congress and to the Imperial Family and seek their assistance in Japanese for I learned to speak enough Japanese during my 9-year tenure in Japan-I know their customs and courtesies and I believe that I can receive more help from Japan than from our own federal government.
Arthur D. "Jim" Nichols
Latest census numbers us at 4.5 million people. According to my figures 1-billion dollars divided equally would be $222.30 per person. Although it seems like a lot, when spread that thin, it's not much. However, I would spend some of it on I-49.