By Robert Mann
And Jindal deserves every bit of that censure.
Among his first acts as governor was to back the destruction of the Stelly Plan, which slashed income taxes for the wealthy and blew a $1 billion-plus hole in the state’s budget.
Higher education and health care have been in distress ever since.
The editorial, “Our Views: Jindal’s math a shell game,” accuses Jindal of “stretch[ing] the truth” and of having a “false position” on higher education funding. It says his current budget is a “potential catastrophe for state colleges and universities.”
Jindal’s latest budget presages “new era of damaging cutbacks” for colleges and universities. It asserts “[a]nother Jindal falsehood is that tuition increases are state aid to higher education.” And it argues that “higher education is headed for a fiscal crash that could be even worse than the last five years of declining state aid and midyear budget cuts.”
It’s a bold and powerful indictment of a governor who hopes to someday become president, but will be lucky to limp out of Baton Rouge in January 2016 with any shred of his reputation intact.
He will, instead, be remembered for crippling his state’s colleges and universities.
Below are the first two paragraphs of the Advocate opinion piece, with a link to the full editorial below that.
In no area does Gov. Bobby Jindal stretch the truth more in the assertion — usually delivered via aides, to avoid responsibility for his false position — that he has been a supporter of higher education in Louisiana.
Just look at the latest budget proposal, which is a potential catastrophe for state colleges and universities. From Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing comes the emollient assurance that “the governor’s proposal does not include any cuts to higher education funding, and there are no reductions to campuses.”
Read the rest of the editorial here.
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