Tag Archives: Louisiana budget

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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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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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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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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Lawmakers fiddle around while Baton Rouge burns

By Robert Mann Imagine you are leaving your house one morning for a long-scheduled dental appointment. A root canal, perhaps. As you back out of your driveway, you notice smoke rising from your roof. The house is on fire. Do … Continue reading

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The shocking physical decline of Southern University

By Robert Mann Southern University occupies one of Baton Rouge’s most inspiring venues. It rests on a bluff north of downtown and offers an expansive view of a broad bend in Mississippi River. It’s a lovely location. That is until … Continue reading

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Louisiana higher education in 39 charts

By Robert Mann It’s not the whole picture of Louisiana higher education, of course, but these charts from various sources provide some interesting longitudinal information about the trajectory of higher education and its overall health. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty. First … Continue reading

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