Tag Archives: Louisiana Legislature

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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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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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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