State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson says Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to refuse expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the recently upheld federal health care law is akin to him signing a death warrant for community hospitals.
Peterson, head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, spoke at the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday on the Medicaid cuts and the governor's rejection of the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday it will have to cut $329 million from the public health care system run by LSU.
Perry Chighizola has been appointed to the Grand Isle Port Commission.
Chighizola owns Blue Water Sports, a recreational fishing company. The appointment was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Jindal also renewed appointments for the following port board members: retired police officer Ambrose Besson; charter fisherman Andy Galliano; commercial fisherman Terry Pizani and Bob Sevin, a retired marketing professional.
Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn't notify Louisiana's second-ranking official when he travels out of state, even though Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne technically becomes governor whenever Jindal leaves.
The Republican governor has been out-of-state more than 25 percent of the time since May, campaigning for Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, raising money for GOP causes and candidates and participating in conferences.