Category Archives: Louisiana budget

Providing the oil industry with billions in corporate welfare is not Louisiana’s patriotic duty | Robert Mann

By Robert Mann Louisiana and its politicians have long embraced some unhealthy myths: Corruption in our politics isn’t so bad. Teachers are the real problem with our schools. Poor people are lazy. Climate change is a hoax. Oil is crucial … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s people can handle the truth about their state and its future

By Robert Mann “How dare you!” a reader scolded me by email after reading my previous column, in which I argue “Louisiana is sick and dying.” She added: “If you have such disdain for this state and this city then … Continue reading

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Could Louisiana survive without its colleges and universities?

By Robert Mann The differences in opinion are stark but not surprising. “A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year,” the Pew … Continue reading

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It’s no mystery how Louisiana could solve its fiscal, economic woes

By Robert Mann You would think fixing Louisiana government’s fiscal affairs was like achieving Middle East peace or beating Alabama at football. For almost 10 years, state government has staggered from one fiscal crisis to another. Lawmakers are like blindfolded … Continue reading

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LSU grads, on your last day on campus, give your parents a tour of the library

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ―Walter Cronkite By Robert Mann To the LSU class of 2017: Congratulations on surviving college. Next week, your parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, … Continue reading

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It’s not taxes, but Republican myths about them, that hurt Louisiana

By Robert Mann It’s one thing to say taxes are too high. That’s a subjective judgment dependent on what you believe the government should provide. It’s quite another thing to argue tax increases always destroy jobs or that tax cuts … Continue reading

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GOP platitudes about belt tightening are no substitute for a plan to end Louisiana’s revenue crisis

By Robert Mann Republican leaders in the Louisiana House have much in common with their counterparts in Washington. Congressional Republicans yammered about Obamacare for years. When they got the power to repeal and replace it, however, we discovered they never … Continue reading

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