La. Sec. Of State Schedler Wants to Prevent Emergency Elections
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is urging local government officials to refrain from calling special elections to increase revenue coming into their cities or parishes.
Schedler made the plea during a meeting of the Louisiana Bond Commission. Officials there are looking for ways to reduce his agency's expenses. Schedler told the panel that Louisiana had twice as many elections between 2005 and 2010 of any other state in the nation.
Around two weeks ago, Schedler went before the House Appropriation Committee over concerns that Governor Jindal's proposed budget cuts, if approved by lawmakers, would force some state museums to close their doors.
Schedler told the committee he’s concerned that the proposed pension plan overhaul would slash $1.5 million from his budget. Schedler’s not convinced the funds will be made up by shifting some of the costs of retirement to state employees.