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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Governor on the scene

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Talking Points Memo notes that La. Gov. Bobby Jindal took most of his cabinet to northern Louisiana this week to show his intention to help workers and contract poultry growers in Louisiana and ARKANSAS now out of work because of the Pilgrim's Pride plant closures.

Gov. Beebe? (Yes, I know. His office has been in "constant contact" and a displaced workers task force is due in El Dorado next week.)

Jindal's visit was noted, not for his showboating empathy, but for his announced intention to seek expanded federal unemployment benefits for plant workers and benefits for contract growers not normally covered by unemployment compensation. This is the same guy who's been saying he might not take Obama stimulus money on account of imagined strings.

UPDATE: I'm behind the times. Gov. Beebe spoke to a big crowd in El Do last night and mentioned some hope of a buyer for Pilgrim's property. 

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