Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley
showed his disdain for taxpayers last week in his crude and unapologetic defense of an outrageous perk he has awarded himself: two state-paid luxury vehicles in two years. Wooley told a frustratingly lax House Appropriations Committee that controversy over his latest ride (a fully loaded $40,000 Harley-Davidson truck) is 'a pimple on a bee's ass.' Wooley opined that his perk is justified because he saves his agency money in other ways.
State Rep. Willie Hunter, D-Monroe,
is delinquent in paying his 2004 property taxes, according to Ouachita Parish Tax Collector and Sheriff Richard Fewell. Hunter was among three elected officials (along with Monroe City Judge Daryl Blue and City Councilman Robert Johnson) included in a list of delinquent taxpayers that Fewell published last week in Monroe's News-Star newspaper.
Former Gov. Mike Foster
left the state to cough up nearly $1 million this year for 7,800 rounds of golf that nobody played. Foster's administration had brokered a deal in 2001 with a New Orleans-area golf course, guaranteeing a minimum number of golf bookings; the state would compensate the Tournament Players Club for every unbooked round. The ill-considered contract means the state now has to shell out $975,000 as legislators ponder deep budget cuts for state services.