Category Archives: Louisiana higher education

Folksy GOP bromides won’t solve Louisiana’s budget crisis

By Robert Mann Have you noticed how politicians often compare government work to running a household or small business, especially when revenue declines? “If our families or small businesses begin to run a deficit, we don’t have many choices,” former … Continue reading

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In John Bel Edwards, Louisiana finally has a full-time, effective governor

By Robert Mann Former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s eight years of misrule set a low bar for leadership. It’s no wonder his successor, John Bel Edwards, cleared that subterranean hurdle during his first, eventful year in office. That Edwards would eclipse … Continue reading

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Gov. John Bel Edwards on Louisiana’s fiscal crisis: ‘It’s my problem to fix’

By Robert Mann Near the end of his first year in office, I interviewed Gov. John Bel Edwards at the Governor’s Office. This is the transcript of that interview: Mann: What’s the biggest adjustment you feel you’ve had from being … Continue reading

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Voters to state lawmakers wanting to abandon higher education: Not so fast

By Robert Mann If there was an unequivocal message in the Nov. 8 election returns in Louisiana, it was that voters are tired of rising college costs. They rejected — 57 percent to 43 percent — a proposed constitutional amendment … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s state universities will soon be public in name only

By Robert Mann Their months-long “search” for cuts to solve the state’s budget crisis is over and Louisiana’s House Republicans came up with nothing. Well, that’s not exactly right. They did dredge up some valuable-but-specious talking points to further their … Continue reading

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Why no GOP demand for budget cuts and efficiencies when Jindal was governor?

By Robert Mann “A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II There are days I wish that David Vitter … Continue reading

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Let’s stop calling Louisiana’s TOPS program a ‘burden’

By Robert Mann To hear some of our state’s leaders, you’d think Louisiana’s college tuition assistance program, TOPS, is a ravenous beast that is devouring the budget. “I’ve watched [TOPS] grow over my nine years here,” state Sen. Jack Donahue, … Continue reading

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