Governor Line Item Vetos HB516 – Including $1,000,000 for Winn Parish Road Repairs

Governor John Bel Edwards line-item vetoed four items from HB 516 of the 2021 Regular Session in a Veto Letter dated June 9, 2021. 

Notably, all cuts made by the governor to HB516 were in districts of representatives that are members of the newly formed Louisiana Conservative Caucus (LLC). $1.65 Million in project funding was line-item vetoed by the governor before signing the Bill, including $1,000,000 for road repairs in Winn Parish. Two members of the LCC represent Winn Parish, LCC Chairman Jack McFarland Dist. 13 and Representative Gabe Firment Dist. 22.

“It’s very disappointing and very unfortunate for the people of Winn Parish who will ultimately be the ones who suffer from this decision. But, I won’t give up; I will continue to work hard to get the money to improve the roads in Winn Parish,” said McFarland. 

Most of the road repair funds were to improve Joe Frazier Rd. Also on the list for improvements were Pool St, 3rd St and 10th St. in Calvin. 

“We are just so disappointed that this is the way all the hard work that went into this Bill by Representative McFarland ended up,” stated Winn Parish Police Jury President Josh McAllister.

Winn Parish State Senator Louie Bernard added, “this was a badly needed project brought about by DOTD’s closure of a state bridge and the announcement that the bridge replacement would take at least two years. Representative Jack McFarland deserves the credit for getting money budgeted to repair the road in question. Part of the process is that the Governor must sign the bill. The appropriation to the Winn Parish Police Jury was one of many projects which did not gain this approval. Rep. McFarland and I will continue to work for a solution to our road problems in general, and specifically for the issue concerning the Joe Frazier Road.”

The governor is legally required to issue vetoes within 10 days of receiving bills if the legislators are still in session when that window closes. After the veto, the governor has an additional two days to notify the legislators of his decision for a total of 12 days overall. This round of vetoes came on the very last day possible under the legal standards. 

In Louisiana, legislative overrides of gubernatorial vetoes are rare. Lawmakers have voted to override any governor’s veto only twice in the state’s modern history, and both occurred well over two decades ago.

The Republican legislative leadership also doesn’t have enough votes to override Edwards’ vetoes on a strictly partisan basis. Republicans make up two-thirds of the members in the Louisiana Senate, but not in the House. So the leaders would need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to complete a veto override.

Read HB516 and the veto letter below.


Four Calvin Softball Players Earn Coaches’ All-State Recognition

Winning the state Class C softball championship earned widespread respect for the Calvin Lady Cougars.

That was demonstrated when the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association announced its all-state teams on Thursday.

Four Calvin standouts were on the Class C All-State roster compiled by the coaches.

Two seniors, catcher Emma Bevill and outfielder Josie Camp made the squad, along with junior infielder Laura Trawick and freshman pitcher Haley Martin.

Martin was one of four pitchers from around the state chosen. Camp was one of just three outfielders who made All-State.

Bevill was listed alongside four more catchers. Trawick joined five other top infielders on the roster.

The Lady Cougars won their first state championship in 13 years in early May, beating Georgetown 12-4 in Sulphur at the LHSAA state tournament.


Winnfield City Council Special Called Meeting Today

There will be a Public Hearing of the Mayor and City Council today at 11 AM at the Allen Building (104 West Main St) to address the following:

  1. FY 2022-FY 2023 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant(LCDBG) Program
  2. The amount of funds available for proposed community development and housing activities;
  3. The range of activities available that may be undertaken, including the estimated amount of funds proposed to be used for activities that will benefit persons of low and moderate incomes;
  4. The plans of the City for minimizing displaced persons as a result of activities assisted with such funds and the benefits to be provided by the City to persons actually displaced as a result of such activities; and
  5. The City’s past performance on LCDBG projects funded by the State of Louisiana.

Agenda:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Agenda Amendments (if any)
    Old Business – Action Items
    None

3. Old Business – Non-Action Items
None

4. New Business – Action Items

    1. Approve proposal for FY 2022-FY 2023 Funding Cycles for the Louisiana Community Block Grant

5. New Business – Non-Action
None

Adjournment                          


Angler’s Perspective: Size Really Does Matter

Summer time fishing means one thing to me…it’s time to break out the big worms. By big worms I mean “BIG” …anything from a 10 to 12-inch worm. There’s a saying… “If you want to catch big fish, you need to throw big baits.” It’s no secret that big fish like a big meal and most big bass don’t want to have to exert a lot of energy to feed. So, a big worm is a great bait to entice those sluggish largemouth bass.

Now don’t get me wrong, I will still pick up my faithful 6.5-inch trick worm more often than not just because I have so much confidence in it but my body starts to shake and quiver every time, I throw either a Texas rigged 10.5-inch V& M Wild Thang, or Straight Wild or even a Zoom Ol’ Monster. These are my three favorites and all will catch fish. The 10.5-inch V&M Wild Thang and the Zoom Ol’ Monster both have great ribbon tails which have a lot action. But there are days when the V&M Straight Wild is a better choice when the bass aren’t as aggressive. The Straight Wild worm is also great for rigging on a big 5/16th or 3/8th oz. shaky head. The shaky head technique is a finesse technique used when the bite is really slow. It’s a great way to put a limit of bass in the boat on those tough summer days. Worms of all sizes are used on a shaky head from 4 up to 10-inch worms.

The thing about fishing a big worm, is that it’s great in all situations whether you’re fishing a hard drop off, punching hydrilla(grass), fishing lily pads or dragging it through a brush top. A big worm is never a bad choice due to its versatility. Now let’s talk what colors are best. If you ask ten anglers their favorite color worm, you’ll probably get ten different colors. But I’m going to give you a good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to color that former Bassmaster Classic Champion Dion Hibdon gave me back in 2004. Stick to your earth tone colors like watermelon, watermelon/red, green pumpkin, red bug and black neon (black with red flake). With these 5 colors, you can fish anywhere in the country and catch fish especially with green pumpkin. Now that being said, every angler has his “go to” color that he has a lot of confidence in. If you have one favorite color, throw it! Because the more you believe in a certain color, the better you’ll fish it. Of the five colors I’ve given you here, there’s one that will work 90% of the time…green pumpkin! There’s not a single major bass tournament where someone in the field does not throw some form of soft plastic in green pumpkin. It just might be the most popular soft plastic color of all time!

To wrap this up, remember this, no other bait has been responsible for more bass caught that the plastic worm. It is without a doubt the number one bass lure of all time. A lot of professional anglers like Tommy Martin, Larry Nixon, Bill Dance and Roland Martin have all made a good living throwing the plastic worm. So, the next time you reach into your tackle box, grab a soft plastic worm! Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook…. especially when you’re throwing a worm!

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live


WPSB Special Called Meeting Monday at 5:30 PM to Conduct Interviews of Superintendent Candidates

The Winn Parish School Board will meet in special call meeting. Monday, June 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Winn Parish School Board in Winnfield, Louisiana; for the purpose interviewing applicants and electing a Superintendent of School.

AGENDA
Winn Parish School Board
June 14, 2021

  1. Invocation
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
  4. Order of Business
  5. Discussion of lnterview Process and Attain Approval of Format Conduct interviews of applicants for Superintendent. A portion of such interviews may be conducted in Executive Session pursuant to La. R. S. 42:17(A)(l).
  6. Election of Superintendent

LOUISIANA CENTRAL JOINS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH CELEBRATION

Natchitoches Parish/Louisiana Central is joining the celebration for National Great Outdoors Month by encouraging residents and visitors to take advantage of the vast and unique outdoor opportunities across the 10-parish region.

President Joe Biden proclaimed June 2021 as Great Outdoors Month to celebrate the nation’s natural wonders and to rededicate the nation to conserving nature’s splendor. The outdoors inspires creativity, recreation and contemplation. It also provides educational opportunities, brings communities together and provides economic opportunities through industry development and tourism.

In the Louisiana Central region, that means enjoying the abundance of incredible outdoor spaces that provide opportunities for exploration and recreation. Louisiana Central is home to Louisiana’s only national forest, four national wildlife refuges, the state’s longest hiking trail, and its only designated national wild and scenic river.

“We encourage residents and visitors to get outside and enjoy all that the region has to offer,” said Jim Clinton, president and CEO of Louisiana Central, formerly the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. “Each of our parishes offers plenty of outdoor opportunities, such as hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing and bicycle riding. No matter where you live or visit, you’ll be able to find activities near you.”

Louisiana Central launched its Outdoor Central Initiative to jumpstart a thriving outdoor recreation economy. This work is done by increasing access to, demand for, and use of central Louisiana’s outdoor recreation assets for everyone.

“As a rural region with amazing natural resources, we see the importance of this opportunity to spur economic recovery, grow jobs, and support entrepreneurs with an initiative that aligns so closely with our local culture,” Clinton said. According to Outdoor Industry Association, Central Louisiana residents spend an average of $2.8 billion on outdoor recreation each year.

Louisiana Central consists of the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn. The Louisiana Central website provides a list of outdoor opportunities in each parish. For more information, visit www.louisiana-central.com/outdoor-recreation.

“Central Louisiana is a unique and amazing place for outdoor recreation,” said Bahia Nightengale, Executive Director for Farm and Food. “We encourage visitors to see what we have to offer, and we encourage locals to try out locations never before visited.”

Louisiana Central is an organization that acts as a catalyst, leader, and connector to build knowledge and innovation-driven economy so that our region will continue growing into a uniquely creative, inclusive, and entrepreneurial place. Louisiana Central cares passionately that the people of Central Louisiana, our home, have livable incomes and build intergenerational wealth. We value knowledge as the primary currency – deployed to improve the profitability and competitiveness of business. We build vibrant communities to create, attract, and retain employers in places where people want to live. We measure success by the region’s median household income increasing faster than the nation as a whole.


Substitute School Bus Driver Positions Available at Winn Parish School Board

The Winn Parish School Board has IMMEDIATE  opportunities for substitute school bus drivers.

Requirements: Class A or B CDL with Passenger, School Bus, and Air Brakes endorsements (obtained through OMV)

Winn Parish will host a 30-hour pre-service training for school bus drivers at the Winn Parish School Board Office June 21-23. This course is one of the requirements for becoming a licensed/certified school bus driver. Anyone interested in applying for a position as a substitute, activity, or regular route driver must have this training. The course will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.

For more information or to register please contact:
Al Simmons
asimmons@winnpsb.org
OR
Marianne Little
mlittle@winnpsb.org

Winn Parish School Board
304 E. Court
Winnfield, LA 71483
318 628 6936

Winn Parish School Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Notice of Death June 10, 2021

WINN:
Cherie B Wilson
March 23, 1956 – June 06, 2021
Service: Friday, June 11 at 1 pm at Urania Cemetery

NATCHITOCHES:
Joe Chevalier
April 13, 1936 – June 01, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Johnnie Peats
June 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Nora Lee Nash
June 05, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 11 am at the Gilgal Baptist Church near Clarence

Melvenia LaCour
June 06, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Husher Calhoun
June 02, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 11 am at the Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Henry Keith
May 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Carl Smith
June 21, 1955 – May 21, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Margaret Carter Cooper
November 2, 1961 – May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Doyle “Popcorn” Ralph Scaife
July 22, 1939 – June 8, 2021
Service: Friday, June 11 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

LaJune Taylor
January 29, 1940 – June 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

RED RIVER:
Buddy Ray Roberts
May 20, 1950 – June 08, 2021
Service: Friday, June 11 at 11 am at Fairview Baptist Church


Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Richard T. Barham
Date: 6-1-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Charge: Second Degree Battery
Bond: $15,000

Name: Billy Wayne Foster, Jr.
Date: 6-1-2021
Address: Columbia, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Charge: DWI – 1st, Improper Lane Usage
Bond: $2,000

Name: Deiondre Cortez Hall
Date: 6-2-2021
Address: Jonesboro, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Charge: Speeding, Resisting an Officer, Driving Under Suspension
Bond: $2,000

Name: Justin D. Spillman
Date: 6-4-2021
Address: Hodge, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Charge: Failure to Appear
Bond: Not listed

Name: Catherine V. Simpson
Date: 6-4-2021
Address: Columbia, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 67
Charge: Warrant, Introduction of Contraband
Bond: $7,500

Name: Jimmy T. Jackson
Date: 6-4-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Charge: Possession of Stolen Things >$5k, Possession of Motor Vehicle w/Obliterated VIN
Bond: $10,000

Name: Jimmy L. Hanson
Date: 6-6-2021
Address: Atlanta, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 77
Charge: DWI 1st – Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic
Bond: $2,000

Name: Katherine Marie Bishop
Date: 6-6-2021
Address: Columbia, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Charge: Possession of Schedule IV
Bond: Not listed

Name: Jimmie Ray Evans, Jr.
Date: 6-7-2021
Address: Natchitoches, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Charge: Failure to Appear
Bond: Not listed

Name: Lacey Moody
Date: 6-7-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA 
Race: White 
Gender: Female
Age: 32
Charge: Criminal Trespass, Disturbing the Peace, Resisting an Officer
Bond: Not listed


Sewer Line Replacement to Begin Next Week in Winnfield

Sewer line replacement on Maple Street in Winnfield should begin next week. An 8 foot section down the middle of Maple Street between King and Payne streets will be dug up in order to replace the line, a project totaling $350,000.00.

The duration of this project is expected to last 2 weeks. Residents are asked to be patient during this crucial project as it has been fast tracked on an emergency basis.


Gov. Edwards Signs Multiple Bills From 2021 Session into Law

Sunday, June 6, 2021, Governor Edwards office announced that the governor signed the following Bill from the 2021 session into Louisiana law.

ACT 52—SB 5 Excludes amounts deposited into certain education savings accounts for tuition expenses for elementary and secondary schools from state income tax.

ACT 53—SB 6 Exempts purchases of utilities used by commercial farmers for on-farm storage from state sales and use tax.

ACT 54—SB 11 Provides an individual and corporation income tax exemption for state and federal COVID-19 relief benefits.

ACT 55—SB 18 Provides for the reemployment of retirees.

ACT 56—SB 23 Provides certain enhanced survivor benefits and insurance coverage for the spouses and children of members killed in the line of duty.

ACT 57—SB 28 Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in Orleans Parish.

ACT 58—SB 32 Repeals the exclusion of certain agricultural products authorized to be sampled and analyzed by the commissioner of agriculture.

ACT 59—SB 38 Provides relative to the terms of the members of the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board.

ACT 60—HB 23 Repeals crimes relative to defamation.

ACT 61—HB 77 Provides relative to the suspension or deferral of sentence and probation in felony cases.

ACT 62—HB 94 Extends authority for imposition of certain fees levied by the Louisiana Tax Commission for the assessment of certain properties.

ACT 63—HB 96 Redesignates a portion of Louisiana Highway 3094 in Shreveport as the “Rev. Dr. Elbert W. ‘Eddie’ Giles Memorial Highway.”

ACT 64—HB 102 Designates a portion of Louisiana Highway 173 in Caddo Parish as the “Coach Carl Pierson Memorial Highway.”

ACT 65—HB 104 Provides relative to the composition of the Louisiana Board of Animal Health and its regulatory authority over the disposal of livestock animal carcasses.

ACT 66—HB 128 Provides relative to the powers and duties of the Cash Management Review Board with respect to financial security and cybersecurity plans and procedures adopted by state agencies, including the assessment and deployment of such plans and procedures.

ACT 67—HB 133 Provides relative to the qualifications of one member of the municipal fire and police civil service board in the city of Zachary.

ACT 68—HB 140 Provides for the modernization of certain provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure.

ACT 69—HB 147 Provides relative to charges collected by public license tag agents.

ACT 70—HB 162 Provides relative to the civil service status of employees of the Simmesport Housing Authority.

ACT 71—HB 219 Provides relative to delivery of ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages by restaurants.

ACT 72—HB 251 Provides relative to time limitations for instituting prosecution for crimes with victims with infirmities.

ACT 73—HB 397 Provides relative to public health programs and services related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

ACT 74—HB 405 Provides relative to compensation for members of the planning and zoning commission for the town of Brusly.

ACT 75—HB 413 Designates a portion of North Causeway Boulevard in St. Tammany Parish as the “Captain Vincent N. Liberto, Jr., Memorial Overpass.”

ACT 76—HB 502 Provides relative to dealer warranty compensation.

ACT 77—HB 577 Provides relative to residential flood coverage.

ACT 78—HB 593 Provides relative to passing a parked emergency vehicle.

ACT 79—HB 595 Provides for the payment of health insurance claims prior to the credentialing of a healthcare provider. 


Remember This? Climbing the Ladder of Success

By: Brad Dison

John was the son of an auto repair machinist and World War I veteran.  Like many women of that era, John’s mother was a homemaker.  John’s father was an alcoholic who, especially when under the influence, was physically abusive to his wife, John and his sisters.

In his teens, John showed an interest in politics.  In 1960, John, then eighteen years old, worked as an assistant precinct captain for a Democratic Party candidate in his neighborhood.  As an assistant precinct captain, John’s job was to help link the political candidate with the individual voters in his neighborhood.

In the following year, John enrolled at Northwestern Business College in Bridgeview, Illinois.  The admissions department at the college accepted his application although he had not graduated from high school.  He was a good student and graduated in 1963.  Straight out of college, the Nunn-Bush Shoe Company hired John as a manager trainee.  John was a fast learner.  He prospered at the shoe company and, in early 1964, his boss transferred him to a larger store in Springfield, Illinois, where he worked as a salesman.  He prospered there as well and, within weeks of working as a salesman, his boss promoted him to the department manager.

Soon thereafter, John joined the Springfield Jaycees.  John showed the same work ethic with the Jaycees as he had with the Nunn-Bush Shoe Company.  He earned the position of Key Man in the Jaycees in April of 1964.  By the following year, John had risen to the position of vice-president of the Jaycees and was named the third most outstanding Jaycee in Illinois.

When John saw something he wanted, he went after it with dogged but tactful determination.  Almost as soon as he moved to Springfield, he began dating a co-worker, Marlynn Myers.  Six months later, in September of 1964, the two married.  Soon after the marriage, Marlynn’s father made John an offer that he was unable to refuse.  Marlynn’s father had purchased three Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Waterloo, Iowa, and wanted someone he could trust to manage them.  With his business degree and family connections, John was a perfect choice.  The position was a huge pay increase over his shoe department managerial position.  In addition to the large salary ($15,000 per year, which, adjusted for inflation, would amount to about $130,000), John would receive a percentage of the profits.

After completing the required Kentucky Fried Chicken managerial training course, John and Marlynn moved to Waterloo.  John joined the Waterloo Jaycees and often provided free chicken at their meetings.  Always ambitious, John requested that the other Jaycees call him “Colonel.”  The other Jaycees humored him with the title because he was a likeable guy and because he excelled in fundraising work for Jaycees.  In 1967, the Waterloo Jaycees honored him with the title “outstanding vice-president.”  That same year, John served on the Board of Directors for the Waterloo Jaycees.

Through the passing years, John made several career changes, each one successful, and relocated to a few different cities.  In the 1970s, John began to reconsider his political ambitions, which he had always kept in the background.  He had worked as an assistant precinct captain in 1960, and in the mid-1970s, he earned the title of precinct captain.  From 1975 to 1978, John was the director of Chicago’s Polish Constitution Day Parade.  On May 6, 1978, the First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter, met and had her photograph taken with John.  In the picture, John proudly displayed an “S” pin on his lapel which indicated that he had been given special clearance from the United States Secret Service.

To everyone who knew him, John’s climb up the ladder of success seemed limitless.  People spoke of the possibility that John would run for mayor or even governor.  But John had a secret.  Until December 21, 1978, John only shared his secret with thirty-three people whose names are too important not to include.  Those privy to his secret included Timothy McCoy, John Butkovich, Darrel Samson, Samuel Stapleton, Randall Reffett, Michael Bonnin, William Carroll, Jimmy Haakenson, Rick Johnston, William Bundy, Michael Marino, Kenneth Parker, Gregory Godzik, John Szyc, Jon Prestidge, Matthew Bowman, Robert Gilroy, John Mowery, Russell Nelson, Robert Winch, Tommy Boling, David Talsma, William Kindred, Timothy O’Rourke, Frank Landingin, James Mazzara, Robert Piest, Unidentified Victim No. 28, Unidentified Victim No. 5, Unidentified Victim No. 26, Unidentified Victim No. 13, Unidentified Victim No. 21, and Unidentified Victim No. 10.  On December 21, 1978, police arrested John after they located the bodies of several missing boys buried under his house.  He confessed to the rape and murder of at least thirty-three boys and was eventually executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.  The man who seemed to be forever climbing the ladder of success was John Wayne Gacy.  His last meal included a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Sources:

  1. Chicago Tribune. “Here Are John Wayne Gacy’s Victims.” December 17, 2018. https://www.chicagotribune.com/history/ct-john-wayne-gacy-victims-20181215-htmlstory.html.
  2.  US Inflation Calculator. “Us Inflation Calculator.” Accessed May 24, 2021. usinflationcalculator.com/.
  3.  Wiki Commons. “John Wayne Gacy Certificate of Death.” Accessed May 24, 2021. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Wayne_Gacy_certificate_of_death.jpg.

 


Download Now: GoNatchitoches App

The Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC) and its partners kick off spring and Summer celebrations and encourage residents and visitors to download the GoNatchitoches app. The app serves as your one-stop-shop trip planner and a community calendar that serves as an interactive way to map out everything visitors and residents want to see and do in Natchitoches.

The GoNatchitoches app provides a new way to explore what Natchitoches offers, including upcoming events, popular attractions, restaurants, tours, lodging, shops, landmarks, and much more. Users can view it all at once or search by categories like Attractions, Dining, Arts & Culture, Lodging, and many others.

See a festival you don’t want to miss? Click “Add,” and the event will be added to your plan, and you’ll be sent a reminder.

That restaurant everyone keeps telling you about? Click “Add,” and you won’t forget to try it.

Want to invite some friends? Share your plan with them via social media, email, or SMS text message.

Need a reminder for upcoming events? Turn on the push notifications for the app!

No need to waste time or another sheet of paper. With this planner, GoNatchitoches can help you get organized and maximize your time so that you can have more fun in Natchitoches.

Already on your way to Natchitoches or live here? Download the app for your iPhone or Android and take your plan with you! Just type “GoNatchitoches” in the search box of your app store.

The “GoNatchitoches” project is a coalition between the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the City of Natchitoches, Cane River National Heritage Area, Northwestern State University, the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission, the Natchitoches Historic District Business Association, the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce, and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQAadYlDPok


America Can Only Work if Americans Work

By: Royal Alexander/Opinion

Paying workers to stay home is crippling the recovery

It is simply impossible for business and industry (particularly small businesses which are America’s economic engine) to compete with the combined financial power of state and federal governments.  When government subsidizes people who don’t work, that will continue to be the case.  They won’t work.

Our national economy should be seeing soaring job growth but, on the contrary, it is difficult to locate any American business or industry that isn’t starved for workers—even when offering higher pay or hiring bonuses.  As a result, those who are willing to work are increasingly difficult for employers to find.

What is the root cause of this? The trillions of dollars (added on top of state benefits) the federal government has poured into the economy in the last year.  Some economists have estimated that in 22 states households that qualify can receive a maximum wage equivalent of $25 an hour.  This is why millions of American workers have simply made the deliberate and reasoned decision not to work. (It is encouraging to see that some 25 other states have now declared they will soon stop accepting enhanced jobless benefits.  These state governments have realized the lack of workers has damaged their state economies).

There are other considerations here as well.  Some speculate that this sustained subsidization of workers by the federal government is a backdoor way for the Left to raise the minimum wage or implement the Universal Basic Income, an idea fraught with economic peril.  Others believe it is an effort by the Left to get more people on government assistance (without any work requirement) so they will then be obligated to give their political support to the party providing that assistance and those benefits.

All of this is very concerning.  These massive redistribution payments undermine the hallowed American work ethic. Our work ethic has been noted, prized, and venerated and the reason that the American economy has historically always performed so well, raising the standard of living and lifting millions out of poverty.  However, the economy was only able to do that because people worked.  These last 12 months of not working have undermined the very idea of work—and whether people are willing to work at all.  However, deciding not to work is harming and delaying our recovery.

A financial incentive is what motivates human beings in a free-market economy and, consequently, giving away money causes a predictable but highly negative effect by extinguishing that incentive.  Government must now move out of the way and stop enabling, with our tax dollars, an anemic and sluggish economy.

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors is of their opinion and is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.