Immediate Release: August 12, 2011
Contact: J Armstrong
does the tentative sale of the LA OGB benefit anyone?"
The League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge (LWVBR) will sponsor a special
monthly public policy forum this month on a new day, Tuesday, August 16, 11:30
a.m. at Drusilla Place Catering, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge to address the
concerns of LA taxpayers over the proposed sale of the Office of Group
Invited forum panelists are: Governor Bobby Jindal and/or his
representative Commissioner Paul Rainwater or Chief of Saff/Executive Counsel
Stephen Waguespack; G. Rolfe Miller, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan or the MK
Representative handling the OGB contract; State Senator Butch Gautreaux, Chair,
Senate Retirement Committee; Tommy Teague, Former CEO, OGB (Institutional
knowledge); Stephen Monaghan, President, Louisiana Federation of Teachers (All
Active employees); and Frank Jobert, Executive Director, Retired State
Employees of Louisiana Association (All Retired Employees).
Panelists, who have accepted are: Senator Gautreaux, Tommy Teague,
Stephen Monaghan, and Frank Jobert. At press time,
Erin Flynn, Executive Assistant to Commissioner Paul said that the Commissioner
was still trying to work out his schedule to attend the event on Aug. 16.
Chief of Staff Stephen Waguespack has not returned phone calls so far,
but Kelley McCormick indicated that someone from the Administration would be
LWVBR President Jean Armstrong said, "The League sincerely hopes
that Paul Rainwater and a representative from the Governor's Office will
participate on the panel next Tuesday. This community dialog must go on as the
citizens have a right to ask questions and learn what their State government is
doing regarding their Health coverage, which affects their daily lives."
On July 15, 2011
when the Jindal administration announced that Morgan Keegan would advise the
Jindal Administration on a possible privatization of the Office of Group
Benefits, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said in a prepared
statement, "This is an important first step in what will be a lengthy,
careful and thorough evaluation process to arrive at the best possible policy
for plan members and taxpayers alike."
He went on to say that
Morgan Keegan’s role will be to determine the "proper administrative
structure” of the Office of Group Benefits.In correspondence to the LWVBR last week, G.
Rolfe Miller, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan (Baton Rouge)wrote :"I spoke with our investment bankers last
night and they indicated that we have not been hired yet to serve as
adviser. Therefore it would be inappropriate for us to participate in
A call was made to Morgan
Keegan today. Mr. Miller was out of the office.
The event is open to the public. General Admission Tickets are
$25.00. LWVBR Member Discounted Tickets are $20.00. There are only
a few tickets left for this Tuesday "LWL." Reservations are
encouraged to ensured seating. To purchase tickets, go to: www.lwvbr.org or send your request
For further information, call 225/927-2255.