Less than a week remains in 2018, which will go down as a very eventful year locally, statewide and for the nation.
Once the clock ticks past 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31, many of us will give thought to what we can do to ensure a better year.
For the majority of Americans, there’s room for improvement. So what resolutions should our leaders make?
On the home front, the leaders who serve us – regardless of municipality parish and state government – definitely should focus on the continued improvement of our infrastructure.
The road programs throughout the parish are a good start, but it should not stop with existing roads. The population growth in Livingston Parish necessitates focus on new roadways and alternate routes to ease the bottlenecks we endure daily.
Speaking of infrastructure, parish leaders should resume focus on drainage improvements. Certainly, a measure failed with voters on the south end of the parish a year ago, but a more aggressive push to educate residents on the need for improved infrastructure possibly could create more support for better drainage.
Statewide, the push should continue to move away from dependence of sales taxes to solve fiscal problems.
Proponents of the sales tax are correct when they say it has led to an end – at least for now – to the deep deficits the state endured for much of the past 10 years.
It will take a greater focus on the elimination of waste in government, perhaps through the thousands of consultant contracts that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year.
In addition, let’s hope our government resolves to consider teacher pay hikes. Louisiana schoolteachers rank near the bottom in the nation in terms of salary.
Many greater educators have sought greener pastures either in different states or through other careers. It’s time to reverse the trend.
On Capitol Hill, here’s a suggestion: Resolve to end the senseless partisan gridlock that leads to government shutdowns.
Maybe it did not interrupt Social Security or the National Flood Insurance Program, but it still comes at the expense of government workers who are relegated to furloughs or simply working without pay. They deserve better.