Yesterday, former lawmaker and top Republican official Ben Bagert called for Governor Bobby Jindal’s resignation on the Jim Engster Show, citing neglect for his home state in favor of a hyper-partisan national agenda, specifically Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, and shady budget practices.
by Ron Chapman
The citizens of Louisiana have to make a decision. Is education necessary? If so, then fund it! If not, then cut all expenditures and accept a state of ignorance and the subsequent destruction of Louisiana’s economy vitality. Also, acknowledge you are sacrificing your children on an altar of “fiscal mismanagement.”
The Bobby Jindal administration wants the public to know that an opinion piece in Forbes today is supporting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to eliminate refundable tax credits this legislative session due to the $1.6 billion dollar budget shortfall.
There are many who are now disallusioned with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal these days. Some have questioned his policies and his honesty on many issues. Many of those who are doing so are members of the media, democrats, independents and yes, even some republicans. Lately, the anger towards him has become more shrill than ever. In part, he is getting blamed for mismanagement of Louisiana's budget while trying to take on the worlds' woes.
Why go to all this trouble? Peripherally attached to a budget somewhat contortioned, perhaps the most convoluted item of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s fiscal year 2016 effort is a request (not actually in the budget) that cuts in state monies for higher education could be offset partially by an extra fee put upon students, the cost of which would be claimable as a tax credit, financed by an increase in cigarette taxes. Why such a Rube Goldberg device when there’s a far less complex answer to bolster higher education’s resources?