Better check the eggs carefully this year! If the news thus far this weekend is any indication, a sniff test is needed.
Allstate is again asking for an increase in homeowners’ insurance rates. “They’re not going to get a 44 percent increase unless the court gives it to them,” State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said of the insurers’ latest submission.
Without discounts, Chaney said the latest increase could amount to a 48 percent increase for some customers with Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Co. In January, Allstate withdrew an increase after Chaney’s rejection. Submitted as a 59 percent increase, Chaney said it would have amounted to a 65 percent increase for some customers.
“I’m never pleased with huge rate increases, and I review them extremely carefully,” Chaney said…If the commissioner doesn’t respond to the rate hike, it would go in effect in 30 days. Chaney, however, said he won’t let that happen. He plans to ask the insurer for more information.
If Chaney follows his usual practice, he won’t surprise the Clarion Ledger reader that commented:
Watch this one. They have filed for a 44% increase ,which will be refused and then they will file for an increase of over 15% and it will be approved. Just watch it and you will see what will happen.
The bunny at the Times Picayune hid a special egg for Congress in the Opinion section and tried to put a new color on River Birch egg – but there’s not enough dye to cover the truth hidden between the lines in the graphic:
That deal is now a subject in a wide-ranging federal criminal investigation of Broussard’s administration. The inquiry began with disclosures that Whitmer’s private insurance agency, Lagniappe Industries, was selling policies to government agencies, parish employees and companies seeking parish work, including River Birch. Whitmer and Broussard resigned in January; Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson resigned March 4.
Whitmer’s motive for cutting the public landfill’s budget is unclear…River Birch attorney Billy Gibbens said in a written statement that Heebe’s company did not collude with Whitmer in 2008 to obtain the landfill contract.
“River Birch had no discussions with Tim Whitmer about Jefferson Parish’s budget proposal for Waste Management’s contract in 2008 or at any other time,” he said. When asked if any River Birch associate had spoken with anyone within Broussard’s administration before Whitmer’s budget order, Gibbens said, “The answer is no.”
Of course, River Birch didn’t need to have a discussion when it had others to do the talking.
Whitmer’s decision to cut the landfill budget fits into a timeline that began with the resignation of Heebe’s wife, Jennifer Sneed, from the Parish Council and culminated when the Parish Council approved the agreement with River Birch…
Now with the Waste Management contract in litigation, the River Birch contract on hold and federal investigators subpoenaing records of the agreements, the council has ordered a review of the financial benefits of the River Birch deal. Three environmental engineering firms applied to do the work, but the council has extended the search to drum up more interest from auditing firms.
The Easter Bunny sends a chocolate egg to the reader who followed the sniff and commented:
Whitmer/Coulon sell River Birch insurance; Jennifer Sneed resigns from Council 1 month before Whitmer sets up Waste Mgm’t Contract cancellation by not budgeting; Parish was spending $5,000,000 per year, but now will pay a minimum $6,300,000 per year to Sneed/Heebe. We’re supposed to believe this saves us $23,000,000? As close as Sneed and Whitmer are, does anyone believe they didn’t discuss this?
Good news , bad news in the basket for those with Chinese drywall. The good news is they’ll find out if any of the smell is coming from eggs of Easters past – and the bad news is they’ll find out when they follow the recommendation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and gut the interior of their house:
The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed.
“We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the interior of their homes, and they need to start this to get their lives started all over again,” said Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the commission, the federal agency charged with making sure consumer products are safe.
About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall, which was imported in large quantities during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes.
More later as the basket fills.