(W)hen the money faucet is turned off ... well, then what?
There are looming challenges beyond spreading around the federal government payments. New Orleans' slow recovery — schools are bad and the streets are deadly — is alarming. Continuing complaints about recovery related corruption undercuts our state's credibility. And the coast needs much more than the governor gave it.
Former University of Louisiana government professor Pearson Cross called Louisiana's problems "structural and long-standing," not the sort of issues that can be resolved quickly. He suggested the next governor must do some "heavy lifting."
Lifting more than merely our state's fattening wallet. Lifting our expectations. Lifting our spirits. Lifting our sights toward much better outcomes for much longer times.