Tag 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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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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