44:32:

Sec. Moret:  “I would also emphasize, just in terms of managing expectations, that, while I think there’s going to be a great opportunity for
us to better coordinate & certainly prioritize our International Commerce Development Initiative, some of the statistics that I shared earlier
about port activity are very, very heavily influenced by logistics and by population density.

When you think about, for example the West Coast Ports, the East Coast Ports, the Port of Houston a huge, huge driver of the volumes
that they experience is simply their proximity to very large population centers. In Louisiana, although we have certainly grown faster than
the country, from a population perspective, over the last few years, overall, the state, over the last few decades has certainly not kept up
and so over time, in order to get the kind of volumes that we’d like to see, on the container cargo side, we are going to have to get a pretty
substantial increase in population. Not only in this area, but in the surrounding region, as well. But that said, this is a very important step
forward.”

So basically, don’t expect much from the passage of this bill in terms of jobs because, although Sen. Appel wants us to
believe that we have lost a lot of port business because the government is not involved, we really just don’t have the
population to attract the kind of business that the other ports are seeing.

1:21:58:  

“The Constitution of the state and state law trumps any cooperative endeavor that the Department of Economic Development would create.
We cannot create any cooperative endeavor that would be in conflict with state law or the state constitution.”

1:22:07:

“Cooperative endeavor does not give LED the ability to appropriate funds. The only funds we can commit with no further approval under a
cooperative endeavor would be through the Rapid Response Fund, which is obviously (a) very limited amount of dollars on an annual
basis.”      

(As of Sept. of 2010, this “limited amount of dollars” was OVER 45 MILLION.)

1:22:40:

Rep Cox: “Will you be allowed to enter into a contract and you be the only person that has to make that decision?”

Moret: “Sir, it depends on what the contract says. I mean, we can enter into, for example, when we contract with things, we often use
cooperative endeavor agreements. If we are recruiting a company that, let’s say, would use the Rapid Response Fund, that would only
require the approval of LED and the governor.”

[Under Art. 7, Section 14 of the Louisiana Constitution, “cooperative agreements” can be used to obligate funds and
property of the State of Louisiana.  When the act says the Secretary can enter into “partnerships” with foreign governments,
it means the Secretary, acting alone on behalf of the State of Louisiana, can become a business partner with a foreign
government, such as China.  (Woody Jenkins, Central City News)]

1:32:14:

SEN. APPEL:  “This secretary, the governor that he works for, are only going to be here for a short time. What is very important to this
industry is that there be a dependable, existing department that people can work with on a long-term basis that extends beyond the terms
of a particular governor or a particular secretary.”

TRANSLATION:  

SEN. APPEL:  “WE must take power out of the hands of THE CITIZENS AND THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS and place it into the
hands of the “STAKEHOLDERS” that WE choose.”
THIS IS EXACTLY WHY ELECTIONS DO NOT MATTER ANY MORE!!!  By re-structuring our government through public-private
partnerships via non-profits, the Chambers of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Business Councils; and, by “making it legal”, it DOESN’T
MATTER WHO IS IN OFFICE, OR WHO HEADS THE DEPARTMENTS.  In effect, an ADMINISTRATIVE STATE is created – a
POLITBUREAU – in which the CITIZENS have no power and no recourse because the entities to which authority has been
transferred DO NOT ANSWER TO US.
   

DOES THE GOOD SENATOR’S SUGGESTION RESEMBLE ANYTHING CONSTITUTIONAL???

1:33:02:

“I don’t understand why. There’s to – except for this one paragraph that you are talking about-- everything has to have oversight”

There IS oversight---Except for that ONE part where there is NO oversight!!

1:44:30:

Rep. Greene: “In reference to the comment about roads being owned by foreign governments, do you foresee that you’ll, that will be part
of the Master Plan?”

Moret: “I can’t imagine that it would.”

Sen Appel: “That caught me completely flat today. I have no idea where that came from.”

Rep. Greene: “So, if there is an amendment to prohibit that you don’t have a problem with that?”

Sen Appel: “Well with one exception that there could be roads that are necessary, for instance, to feed port facilities, or manufacturing
facilities, (Moret adds “access roads”) access roads, things like that. I mean things like a toll road or loop, we don’t envision that. Certainly,
there are roads necessary for international commerce and we can’t preclude that.”

Both Sen. Appel & Sec. Moret went from having no idea where the idea of foreign governments owning our roads came
from, to having examples of where it may be necessary!!

1:36:38:

Sen. Appel:  “The days when we control our own fate are gone. We have to be able to play in a world market place.”


VIEW THE VIDEO
SENATOR APPEL & SECRETARY STEPHEN MORET’S (DEPT. OF ECONOMIC DEV.) TESTIMONY
BEFORE THE LA HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE

SB 723

Read excerpts of some of the incredible testimony that was heard at a May 7th meeting of the House
Commerce Committee.  Then, click on the link at the end of the transcript to view the video of the
Commerce Committee testimony.  We encourage that you watch all of the testimony on this bill.  We
have provided time marks before each excerpt to help you find the sections on the video where the
following statements were made: