More bad news for Louisiana, Governor Jindal, the Louisiana legislature, LSU and Louisiana public universities. Today, Treasurer John Kennedy announced that the $1.6B budget deficit has struck again, hitting LSU with an uppercut at a time that it is already severely bloodied.
Last night, Politics with a Punch made history with some “firsts”
It was the 13th anniversary of production that Jeff Crouere and I started in 2002 that has hosted some of the biggest personalities in politics, news and entertainment in Louisiana.
Rep. Walter “Walt” J. Leger III of New Orleans, who represents District 91 in the state legislature and serves as speaker pro tempore in the Louisiana House of Representatives, has publicly expressed the dismay many in our state feel regarding proposed discrimination legislation. Today Rep. Leger released the following statement in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s vocal support for such a bill:
by Jim Brown
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is mad. Really mad! He’s had his fill of all these hyphenated-Americans ballyhooing and expressing pride in their ethnic heritage. Jindal joined a group of 18 presidential wannabes in New Hampshire over the weekend trying to impress Republican diehards. And he didn’t hold back on his distain for those who treasure their heritage.
Even as the announcement serves as a scare tactic, the possibility that the Louisiana State University System and perhaps others higher education systems or institutions in the state could declare partial or entire financial exigency could pave the way to helpful changes – or simply make the problem worse.
Bobby Jindal has promised to find money to address the funding crisis facing Louisiana’s public colleges and universities but besides the obvious dire financial straits in which the state currently finds itself, two important obstacles must be overcome by our absentee governor: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Grover Norquist.
PAR, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a government watchdog organizarantion, has issued a policy paper criticizing the Jindal for its lack of transparency in public records and has urged that the next governor of Louisiana assert policies and practices for greater transparency.
According to Robert Mann, who posted below in his blog today "Unless Gov. Bobby Jindal and legislators come up with a budget solution very soon, you can cancel just about every ongoing faculty search at LSU and watch as the exodus of faculty accelerates".
It's time for action.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal might want to either double down on leaving Louisiana in better shape that it currently finds itself or somehow, he might want work the Jindal-spin to make himself more of a presidential contender than he really is--if the latest news out of Kochville USA means anything.