Category Archives: Louisiana budget

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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Medicaid and other antipoverty programs reward work, not indolence

By Robert Mann It’s a common delusion among some wealthy people that their success is a product of their industry and ingenuity. They regard poverty, therefore, as a consequence of indolence and ignorance. As the British journalist Walter Bagehot once … Continue reading

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What Donald Trump and Gov. John Bel Edwards inherited from their predecessors

By Robert Mann Obamacare’s fate is now a crisis for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. It’s delicious irony that, after railing against and vowing to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the care and feeding of a program … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s ‘dreamy’ speech to the Louisiana Legislature

By Robert Mann I’m not sure if it was a nightmare or a premonition, but I dreamed recently that Donald Trump addressed the Louisiana Legislature. Here’s (vaguely) how it went: Members, thank you for your kind invitation to speak. You’ve … Continue reading

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