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|Slaying another sacred cow|
Gov. Bobby Jindal apparently has too much idle time on his hands.
Or his behavior of late would indicate that the governor is firmly focused on leaving his mark on Louisiana when the time arrives for him to do something else with his life.
If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the latter in light of Jindal announcing his intentions last week to bring about major changes to yet another one of Louisiana's sacred cows.
Two weeks ago, Jindal rolled out a far-reaching proposal to reform public education in Louisiana. He was met by stiff resistance from the people who detest "reform" the most – the public education establishment.
Last week, Jindal unveiled his plan to overhaul the state's retirement systems. We haven't heard much griping yet from state employees and company, but you can rest assured they'll rise up in opposition to any proposal that remotely suggests they join the real world in preparing for their retirement years.
During remarks to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club last week, Jindal brought to light an issue that has plagued Louisiana for years. That issue – a financially burdensome one, too – concerns the unfunded accrued liabilities of the state's retirement systems. They're commonly known as the UAL.
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