Tag Archives: Louisiana Legislature

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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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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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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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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Calamitous special session ensures continued chaos, mediocrity

By Robert Mann Now that former Gov. Bobby Jindal is gone and, with him, his lust for slashing university budgets, many assumed state lawmakers and a new governor might begin reinvesting in our state’s most valuable resource – its young … Continue reading

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A Louisana Budget Project: A Second Penny Would Be a Bridge Too Far

I share this statement, issued Saturday by the Louisiana Budget Project, in its entirety because I agree with every word. -Bob Mann A Second Penny Would Be a Bridge Too Far Times of crisis call for shared sacrifice. But the deal … Continue reading

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Louisiana House GOP leaders go looking for fat – and find it in the classroom

By Robert Mann After waiting weeks to learn how they would eliminate the state’s $950 million budget shortfall, Louisiana House Republicans made their first move on Wednesday. It turns out a large part of our fiscal problem is that we spend … Continue reading

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