ANGELLE PREVIEWS PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH COUNCIL (PAR) FORUM REMARKS
Today, the Scott Angelle campaign previewed Angelle’s comments to be delivered at Thursday’s PAR gubernatorial forum in Baton Rouge.
1. Increasing Transparency in the Governor’s Office
Angelle will lay out several policy proposals that will seek to increase transparency in the governor’s office.
“I plan to post my daily schedule online and require all of my cabinet secretaries to do the same,” Angelle will say. “Currently, the only way you know where your governor is on a given day is if you get his press releases. I’ll change that.”
Angelle will also seek to increase transparency in the governor’s office by proposing balanced reforms to the deliberative process privilege saying we must “make sure government officials are not driven into a ‘smoke filled back room,’ but rather are able to think creatively and critically when making important decisions.”
“The governor’s deliberative process privilege is overly broad and should not be a catch all to deny the public’s right to know,” Angelle will say, “nor was it intended to be used to exempt state agencies from the production of records. Next year, I will seek legislation to make that abundantly clear.”
2. Strengthening Our Ethics Laws
Angelle also plans to discuss Louisiana’s historical political “culture of corruption.”
“Louisiana’s corrupt national image led to businesses who were not willing to ‘pay-to-play’ taking their investments and their jobs elsewhere,” Angelle will say. “As your governor, I won’t allow Louisiana to backslide into those dark days of our state’s history.”
Angelle will unveil three policy proposals at the forum related to strengthening transparency and ethics in government.
First, Angelle will support legislation to clearly define a “governmental function” in the law as it relates to privatizing services.
Currently, the loose definition allows many private companies doing business with the state to shield their information from public records law.
“We should never allow a governmental function, performed by a private contractor, to be an ethical loophole,” Angelle will say. “This clarification in the law would ensure that all subcontractors and private companies working with governments are subject to our open records laws and code of ethics.”
Second, Angelle would support legislation that would streamline the Board of Ethics to refine their process to reduce the time between filing a complaint and receiving its resolution.
“We must limit the amount of time between when a complaint is filed and when action is taken to demonstrate to the public that these matters will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly,” he will say.
Third, Angelle would seek to strengthen Louisiana’s anti-corruption image by calling on the legislative auditor, the board of ethics and the attorney general to put together and collaborate on an annual report regarding our fight against public corruption.
"By evaluating our efforts to fight corruption each year, we can ensure that its specter never haunts our state again,” Angelle plans to say, “This annual report will show businesses looking to invest here and Louisiana residents that we have a zero tolerance policy for corruption and are doing all that we can to combat it.”
3. Bolstering Louisiana’s Healthcare Delivery Systems
At Thursday’s forum Angelle also plans to reaffirm his support for Louisiana’s public private partnerships and discuss ways to reform Louisiana’s health care safety net system.
“In an historic move, Louisiana merged its charity hospitals with private community hospitals which monetized an asset, generating critical state general fund dollars.” Angelle will say. “These partnerships have restored and in many cases exceeded the level of services formerly provided by the cash strapped state system and preserved graduate medical education for future generations.”
Angelle will also address his plans to lead the discussion on expanding coverage through a conservative market-based solution.
“We should focus on a solution that gives insurees skin in the game through deductibles, mandates a work requirement and makes sure that we aren't having more people riding in the wagon than are pulling it,” Angelle will say. “Life should always be better for those who work hard everyday than for those that can work, but choose not to.”