First, Jane Smith, who was recently appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Revenue, has been appointed Interim Secretary. This came on the heels of the sudden departure of Secretary Cynthia Bridges, who has served under three governors.
Although no statement was given as to the reason Bridges resigned, it is widely believed that it was because of an emergency ruling regarding tax rebates for up to $3,000 on the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. The administration panicked when they realized that this move could cost up to $100,000,000 in lost revenue.
Smith, who says “So I’m just doing everything I can to assist the governor promote his agenda and that’s why I’m here (at an education meeting) today—to help the governor with his agenda.”, was conveniently waiting in the wings.
Ironically, Smith was the one who pushed through the legislation authorizing the tax rebates.
Louisiana Voice has an article here.
The Times has a story about Bossier ranking among the fastest growing Counties/Parishes in the country. There are more than 12,000 counties/parishes in the U.S., and Bossier is ranked at #91.
Up for discussion – Is it Jimmy Hall’s fault that we are at #91 instead of #1?