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Republican governor on Super Bowl's impact on New Orleans
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- Date Feb 8, 2013
Republican governor on Super Bowl's impact on New Orleans
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I governor thanks so much -- understand first off welcome Louisiana every to have MIA and wonderful -- you have here how to thank.
Well and you know the weather is a lot nicer than back on what -- your colleagues it's a you're tying 29 degrees yes we don't we don't know between nine degrees and south Louisiana well you gonna find out next year to go to the Super Bowl which brings me to my next topic what does this mean.
To the state of Louisiana you've -- other times the tenth time what's gonna -- now financially.
Look this our -- Super Bowl the economists tell us -- over 400 million dollars the economy because the visitors.
Staying in hotels buying products spending money and economy.
But here's what's even more importantly I think that's -- flooding that's great economy what's so important means you've got literally thousands of reporters.
Reporting the New Orleans and Louisiana are open for business.
To -- people still think after Katrina that there's water in the streets that the businesses are open that that people are back to their homes.
The reality -- all the great about Wall Street Journal by income by many other publications.
One -- that the most improved cities when you look at the growth post census.
You look at our unemployment rate -- five point 5% as a state.
Were top ten for private sector job growth sold them what the best benefits for us in addition to hosting this great game.
Is that the entire world sees it New Orleans and Louisiana were open.
We were rebuilding after the storm we want people to come down here to have a great time to invest to create jobs and coming to where they always has got to offer covering.
Talk about overcoming I mean you look at Katrina you -- stop you look at the BP oil disaster has been one after another for you.
What does -- cost the state how is it acts the state.
You know look we got an incredibly resilient people we just made a fundamental decision that as we rebuilt from those challenges.
We're gonna rebuild better than what was there before let me give you some specific examples -- -- -- public schools.
One of the worst systems before Katrina.
Today seven papers and those kids are now -- charter schools.
You look at the percentage of kids that are reading doing math on grade -- just doubled in the last five years number kids -- a failing school before Katrina was over three quarters.
Today it's less enough power.
We got more work to -- but it's getting better public housing.
Knocked down the big monolithic structure before replacement -- integrated housing health care moving away from an ER based health care system.
Modern two billion dollar public private complex involving universities.
Research institutions of the day so an outpatient clinics -- people don't have to go the -- room.
Bottom line is that we made a deliberate choice we were in combat better than what was there before.
And we did it without raising taxes -- actually cut taxes largest income tax cut our State's history.
Governor a bunch of owners business taxes and now on on our legislature let's get rid of the income tax altogether let's get rid of the income tax on people on companies let's get rid of that the corporate franchise tax.
What we are showing is if you grow the private sector not the government economy it's amazing what can happen.
You've covered a -- you gotta -- -- want to go over a first off I know people little upset locally each cutting twenty million dollars out of schools.
Are are you concerned that the quality of educational dropped -- that that the kids will be getting the schooling in the guidance counselors and things like that I.
Sure we're not that we haven't technical funny wildly since I think government actually looks like from the university -- to her credit when you look at -- -- we've actually increased funding the good news is our universities were payment based on accountability and outcomes.
We said hey look before in Louisiana we rank pretty high and what we spend.
Per graduate compared to other southern states -- what we spend as a percentage -- of our budget.
The problem has -- is that we've got one of the lowest graduate writes so the on the university and said.
What kind of paid just for enrolling kids -- to pay based retention -- -- pay you based on graduation rates.
And in return for that we'll give you more flexibility to allow you to to save money terms of purchasing -- get rid of the duplication.
I think that's the mollify our education you're seeing that happen in Tennessee in that happened here and I'll always Anderson happen across the country were states -- saying.
We can't just throw money based on it duplication we can't borrow money without expecting accountability and graduation right.
Of the cuts costing you either whether temporary or permanent a little bit in your popularity a year ago you're on 64% and -- 51%.
Lot of governors we take that.
But if you've got elected with over 60% of the vote is this that are the voters sending you a message.
Well first I had the numbers actually -- -- but whatever the numbers are.
You can't govern based on polls you've got to do what's best in your state so yes -- -- -- governor we've -- tough to for example 171000.
Fewer government jobs government positions.
We've got now our state budget is 26% smaller.
I made -- absolutely were not raise taxes but look at what's happened per capita income.
Where are rankings are higher than it's been an eighty year 25 years in a row we've been losing population since I've been governor five years in row we've had more people moved into the state -- the state.
Chief executive magazine says -- the most improved state in the entire country.
-- -- just announced over twenty billion dollar investment in our state.
Almost one -- -- largest ever investment our State's history made the largest foreign direct investment in our State's history we've got economic development when tens of thousands of jobs.
-- unemployment rate you know that the national unemployment rate went up ours went down to five point 5%.
National credit ratings are getting -- -- are going up higher than they've been in in decades and so the bottom line is if you're willing to make tough choices you can actually.
Grow your economy have results were were people are doing better one of the things we pushed through -- was very controversial we had folks march on the capital we had folks in the streets was.
We we provide now meaningful school choice for our kids -- -- dollars -- -- of the child following the dollars.
You just wanna be popular no you don't take on the teacher unions no you don't take on the bureaucrats.
Was that this is the right thing to do we said this is the way to improve education for our kids so they're not trapped in failing schools.
We do -- -- -- trends discussed and really Phil Mickelson deserves a lot of credit for bringing this front center by saying by the way around and this paraphrase.
-- probably have to leave California decent thinking because and giving away 60% of my income.
And Tiger Woods came middle of -- -- -- that's why I left in 1996 I want to Florida.
You're looking to do -- California's not and that is -- active state tax down to zero how do you make up that revenue if you wanna join Florida and Texas.
You know in Louisiana we've got the fourth lowest state local tax burden -- the tax on -- a little bit lower than Texas.
But -- ranked 32 worst in our tax code the reason we have 400 -- Part of a reasonably afford 68 exemptions.
No loopholes in credit -- give me an example we have a corporate income tax in this state.
We collect two billion dollars.
We then give back one point eight billion dollars -- net 200 million dollars so.
Part of how you make up that revenue is you get rid of these loopholes these credits these giveaways and you say.
Why are we taking money from people's pockets sending it to batters and giving it back to special interest groups of people -- -- some of those loopholes credit.
People don't remember -- they were -- there and play.
-- got -- 3.3 billion dollars through the revenue and a lot of people concerned hey he's gonna raise sales tax.
So when I go to -- or anything else that's gonna get -- and -- addressed.
-- a couple of things one we've made actually clear we're not -- this is not an excuse to raise taxes.
Has the overall package at worst -- -- revenue neutral we made it very clear this is not excuse -- more money in government pockets.
Secondly we made it very clear what exclude the look ourselves tax as a state forty excludes things like prescription drugs food for home consumption utilities industrial equipment manufacturing based equipment.
That and other things -- we're gonna continue to be done it in our constitution and make sense for us to continue to do that we have said look we're looking at.
But -- things whether it's severance exemptions whether it's all these other exemptions are built with tax code.
If I'm takeaways amusing contacts and their corporate tax they don't need -- -- Akron they don't need that.
Now we might have to raise that this -- tax a little bit to make up some of these -- at the end of the day.
Louisiana families and -- better off.
A consumption tax phils opt out thing is better than an income tax I don't think he's been punishing people are making more money when they're saving more money -- they're investing their money.
I think as a result of this again the Tax Foundation says are kind of grow more quickly says more people and what that means to me and -- our kids can pursue their dreams about leaving -- state.
I just think it make sense let people keep more of their money.
Stop growing government grow the private sector economy will -- so much about Washington DC is there worried about growing government jobs not the private sector jobs.
Getting rid of the income tax allows us to grow private sector -- And we're gonna see that that happens it looks again in that direction he can get the support of of the legislature.
As as you located the main thing that's really weighing down that they that you're trying to -- the president's attention on and that is.
Medicaid you wanna sit down with him with some Republican governors -- kind of response have you gotten from President Obama because.
They're asking you to go with in your words and 1960s model instead of a model that you think will be affected.
You study Medicare for two years just on your own before you got this job.
You know look at the reality is Bob -- used to have the RJ.
Broke -- the president for this meeting are written -- asking for this mean we've gotten no response governors know what it take Medicaid make Medicaid work it is now dated it is an ineffective models based on 1960s -- and obviously a few examples of what we think to existing program even before -- start thinking about an expansion makes no sense to add.
1617 million people -- program that forty inefficient forty breaking state budget.
Why not allow more cautionary as people make more money so that it not everything's free -- documents and of the utilized resource properly -- not have consumer based products like medical savings accounts like private health insurance so.
People can take -- for their own health care third and help people -- private insurance as a premature of government run health care system.
Fourth one that have instead of a one size fits all benefits package one -- -- the benefits let the states decide how they wanted to eligibility how they wanted to benefits.
These are the kinds of ideas that would collectively could save both the states and federal government billions of dollars.
And better serve our people in his prison for -- -- half years do you believe you ever gonna get a return phone call you know I look.
On the continue to be optimistic but the reality is the attitude seems to be you know you're hurting status you're part of this last arm after one election attorney -- campers -- -- I won the election.
I hope I hope they realized that it makes sense for them to work with governor we haven't seen signs of that -- I think it's one of the reasons you saw so many governors Louisiana was one -- -- included.
It's that we're not -- the health care changes because basically the Supreme Court says you don't have to.
Know what what even before the -- supreme -- it would have to Medicaid expansion but we've also said we're not gonna do but on the exchanges the reason we said we're not doing it is Braude is -- argument -- any authority any flexibility is basically -- micro manager from Washington DC there's and the benefits packages.
They're citing pricing they're deciding profitability.
Not really letting the state run at all so it made no sense for us to -- to try to run something DC was -- micromanage and our hands.
I think they were surprised how many states -- -- I think they were surprised dozens of states that now some hopeful that got their attention I'm hopeful we'll sit down and look.
We need to be partners at the table they didn't -- -- -- they wrote this law.
At the very least they need to ask governor I'd love -- -- -- repealed and replaced but the very least they need to sit and listen governors and here Arafat how they can make Medicaid more effective.
For all of our beneficiaries and for all of our -- You give a major address.
To the Republican Party and it's picked up by everyone a couple of days later everyone's picking out one thing is if you'll get two sentences.
And those sentences are we have to stop being -- -- report.
And you pointed out to senatorial candidates and some of the -- some of the ridiculous -- they had to make about abortion.
And so everyone ran with but you actually seven separate points on that.
In what way do you believe that the Republicans have the right message they just don't have the right messaging.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But we have to apply our principles to specific policy ideas where we don't insult the intelligence of voters and I'm glad you recognized your right I said several things one the most important things -- said.
Is that we've got to be the party -- growth we've got to be the party that is all about growing the middle class the private sector economy.
Not the government.
The real world happens outside Washington DC the reality is we're -- inspirational country.
Our people know we can be better than our parents we want the opportunity get a good education.
Go get a good paying jobs.
To specific examples that we talked a bit about today one is educational choice the second is getting rid of all the loopholes in the tax code making it lower flatter and simpler sort really is about being the party to grow.
The governor which are saying is completely up to be successful.
But is it possible to do that at the same time give people the safety net so they're not successful but not gonna fall flat down and that's when we get into the big to.
Absolutely -- compassionate people the American people -- if people generally need help.
We're gonna help them a great example that is welfare reform Republican said we can apply our conservative principles we wanna help people generally need help it should be temporary help the programs called temporary assistance to needy families.
But at the same time let's get an education let's get them workforce training let's expected to go look for a job.
But the governor Bobby Jindal gonna go to somebody who still can't find a job after years sorry this program was only meant to be for a few months I'm gonna have to cut you off.
That doesn't get you reelected and might be the right thing in the fiscal sane thing to do but that might be the type of thing -- you say OK -- -- I'm not gonna get reelected him.
Well look chanting go as long as you know now wonder this present he's extended unemployment almost in some states -- -- unemployment rates for.
For over a year in many cases in some cases almost a hundred weeks and a bit extended unemployment bit temporary extended unemployment they're all kinds of safety -- federal ten minute that goes -- -- five years.
The point is this you don't have to choose between fiscal responsibility in compassion most compassionate thing that one of the most impassioned -- I think we can do is to grow the economy.
Unemployment rate today is higher than when this president took office the compassionate thing is not to tell those folks we can't we're not to create good paying -- -- you have to be dependent on government.
I don't think most people want to be dependent on government I think -- given the opportunity to provide for their own families I think there's dignity in work for people who truly need help.
Yes the government it -- but not only to go running churches now I think private individual should help we we certainly donate to charities and causes are personally.
But yes at the end of the day we are going to be compassionate and what happened turn people away from from emergency -- soccer term people way they're hungry.
But truly truly compassionate conservative policies I think that drive private sector economic growth.
I think -- the best way to help lift people out of poverty give them a chance in the middle class and have a better quality of life.
-- those suggesting things you said of late stop talking about zero deficits stopped talking about -- we -- you are a fiscally responsible guy who's very concerned about that.
We -- stop talking.
-- my point is we can't be obsessed with the zeros with government.
I think the presence -- a very good job of setting up the debate be all about government to -- up debating government and it feels like all conservatives care about is government.
We actually need to -- about.
But let's beyond Washington's every abouts budget we mixed -- changes.
We amend the constitution -- our balanced budget until there's a supermajority to raise taxes until there's a supermajority that says the government spending cannot grow -- in the economy three things spot where there were in our constitutional -- -- I think any parliament as well -- our constitution when he structural changes.
These these fights about the the debt limit the fiscal cliff and all of these -- Yes it's important we stop this president from spending our children and grandchildren and -- debt but but.
But as a party we are more than just fighting about governing government programs.
We need to be about growing the private sector economy this president -- seem to get that all it wants to do is spend more government dollars.
He you know his jobs council met four times and -- -- at least -- is that we don't need an -- won reelection I don't need jobs council anymore.
We as a party need to stand up and say we understand that bigger government has not -- dropped bombs this president's trying to make us more like Europe.
I don't think the Republican party's job is to be for a little less socialism than pres Obama.
I think it's our job to say let's get back what makes this country great and -- the president's inaugural ball back collective action it was -- -- campaign speech.
As Republicans we believe one of the things that's so great about this country not our government.
It's individual action its individual actually creates ideas creates companies transmits baggage from one generation and exceeds its individual action that -- -- provided Somers diet and dynamism to this country.
And you and you say that free individuals to take risks and build businesses and inventing things -- thin air however.
He said he stop talking down to the American people stop -- it -- however if you're running against somebody.
And you're talking about big states -- restructuring Medicare Medicaid.
In thirty seconds you have Paul Ryan and somebody actually -- right throwing a granny off the cliff bottom line in our society MTV society I'm gonna remember that -- -- over the cliff.
With the Republican tossing them more than they have -- to show you -- restructuring of Medicare how -- -- dumbed down and win and win an election.
The American people are smarter than that a lot of consultants give them credit for I think they know -- let's -- about Medicare one they know that the current spending is not sustainable.
Secondly they know that doesn't make sense that parents and grandparents -- and it says he's now the congress a barn almost -- cents for every dollar spending.
They know you ask any parent or grandparent you wanna take money from your children for you're pointing out that this is deal also it's the same policy don't touch my Medicare.
And don't touch Social Security I think if we if Republicans take the time to explain to folks.
The status -- not sustainable it's not working we can improve this for you wouldn't give you more choices more flexibility in a way that is more efficient.
Now the president did a great job this last election trying to divide and scare people so the -- scare ads the class warfare -- the so called war on women.
I think we republic Republicans -- reject -- reject -- any politics reject this to visit the divisiveness.
And instead appeal took -- really unite as Americans they were country people abide by their color of their skin by their gender bother their there they're class by the religion we're gonna unite Americans.
I think the American people are optimistic people I think they know where this is -- young country I think they know our best days are ahead of us.
I think we can win those debates and yes I think we can sit -- the other side Collison and not -- -- -- talk about medi scare tactics I think we can sit down and have an honest conversation.
There were to pull back and artwork you referenced Medicare commission -- worked -- there's a poll like that win.
Of young people that had more young people believed -- you up close.
And thought Social Security was going to be there for them when they retire.
And I think people get.
I think you know every person follows every budget -- -- every the decimal point and the budget debt.
But they do know instinctively -- know my family it's been more money than -- take into the government.
Instinctively they know there's no government that's been able to spend or borrow its -- to prosperity and instinctively the -- politicians promise them everything.
I know that's not realistic -- know you can't get everything for free I think we need -- the American people's intelligence and talked.
-- adults -- the talk to -- your passion for intrusive for these subjects and looks in your background work the Bush Administration you've been a congressman.
Now you've been a governor very successful state -- that national figure.
You know what being president would entail an analyst dedication.
What if you -- -- be if if anybody wants to be a candidate for president 2016 like yourself when do you think that suggesting.
Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president when he sixteen.
I said -- to get their head examined and the reason I say that is one we've got to win the debate of ideas we lost an election we should want.
We lost now this president -- we've lost two presidential -- zero.
We need to be winning the debate about his then will win elections and -- -- not just about -- elections about you know country on the right track.
We've got some important gubernatorial elections this year in Virginia New Jersey.
Over the next couple years we have over two dozen governors' races on the head of the RJ we've got a lot of elections -- to focus on an important -- we also have congressional elections.
But even before we think about those elections.
We need to be winning the debate of ideas we lost that debate about this exit polls show the American a majority of American voters think the government's trying to do too much.
They want smaller government yet they voted for President Obama that means we're not winning the conversation we're not presenting -- ideas were not in that debate -- -- we should.
Why do you need you had examined a run for president why don't you you quite as easily run for president like yourself.
By winning that debate of ideas.
A lot of things into this thinking about her putting the other team we're trying to run for president now it's way too early that's why that comes book that -- -- four years of nonstop president we just an.
Right now any Republican wants to be a leader that wants to be helpful I think needs to focus on winning this debate of ideas -- to focus on showing the American people our ideas work.
We need to have the courage of our principle we need to believe.
That our principles will improve people's lives -- you know that's still a center right country I believe and we need to connect with the average voters felt and -- -- of reasons I also said in Charlotte bit.
We gotta be fighting for a 100% of the votes not 4753.
Whatever -- -- fighting for every single vote.
Apple's of this -- you asked about the person that.
Making the struggling to get a job or may need help and one of things also said Charles when he stopped looking backwards from a break ground rule Obama on cite Ronald Reagan I want to think about.
You can't imagine Ronald Reagan were were alive today if you were running for office today.
This is what he would say about that four person that was on.
Food stamps are on welfare and -- one today.
This war woman wants a better quality of life for herself and for children who want to.
Now unfortunate because this president's -- she can't get a good paying job.
If you vote for me -- my party will put to put in place the policies all our get a better paying job so you'd have to stand in line to get these benefits this is not where she wants to be he would honor the dignity that person and I can -- -- provider -- better economic future by putting in place policies that actually work.
We need to be having that kind of debate we need to be honoring the American people and showing them that.
There that there are two choices the left very much wants that future Americans be.
All about government all about the these these growing government program.
We need to show people that there's a different future that goes back to our roots it's all about independent -- government -- not about government interference our lives.
It's about individual Americans providing for their families and doing better in a growing economy governor thanks so much -- -- putted.
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