Thursday, October 24, 2013

State To Spend Almost $2 Million To Archive Mike Foster’s Papers - Kathleen Blanco’s? About a Buck Fifty

Former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster, who helped get current Governor Bobby Jindal’s political career started, will have his papers archived in Franklin at a former high school. State taxpayers are picking up the bulk of the tab to the tune of an initial $1.8 Million.

Some local funding will also be used to convert the third floor of the former high school. The first two floors are used by Franklin city government.

Governor Jindal himself issued the announcement of the project, which will feature Franklin’s political history.

"This building will serve as a place to celebrate the incredible work of Gov. Foster and educate generations of our people about the monumental reforms he implemented," Jindal said in a statement.

The small town is home to not only Governor Foster but four other state governors including Foster’s grandfather, Murphy Foster, who served as Governor from 1892 to 1900.

The papers of former Governors, including former Governor Kathleen Blanco who succeeded Foster, are primarily held by the Secretary of State’s Office, which is responsible for the state archives. Some documents from Huey P. Long are stored by Tulane and LSU.

Foster served as Governor from 1996-2004.