Pay raises for city officials and the gun bill a no for councilor
Shreveport Councilor LeVette Fuller talks about the possibility of raising salaries for some city leaders and her thoughts on John Nickelson’s proposal for guns in unlocked vehicles.
The council is studying the possibility of an increase for its seven members and an increase for the mayor. These salary increases, if adopted, will not come into effect until after the next council and mayor elections.
But Fuller seems less than enthusiastic about the idea. “I just hope it goes away. I think we need to ditch this law for now, ”she says, but also points out that the current requirements of $ 15,000 per year in salary and time could limit potential candidates. “(Current members) are people who set their own schedules, who work for themselves, or have an employer who will give them the flexibility to do the job.
“I think they should take away the payroll legislation so that we can do good through public safety. I think that’s what it is and the best way to handle it. And I received quite a few emails backing that up. “
The District B representative then spoke about Nickelson’s idea of gun theft. “I spoke to the police, unofficially, who asked me, ‘How are we going to enforce this? Why don’t you give us the resources we need to go after the bad guy? I think that’s really what it takes.
“I think trying to emotionally manipulate us by using certain data … that doesn’t work for me,” Fuller says, suggesting that the city is considering a marketing campaign focused on gun safety. “This campaign has worked in Lafayette to reduce the number (of gun thefts). We should be looking at that, not trying to legislate people. It sounds like a nanny state to me.”