Stephen Moret, secretary of economic development, said last week in a visit to The Daily Advertiser that higher education is the next step in efforts to make Louisiana more attractive to new and expanding employers. The last few administrations have moved to eliminate some of Louisiana's odder taxes on business. Laws designed to improve the ethics climate are in place.
Now the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal is pushing to make state higher education more responsive to the needs of the employment marketplace. Another big round of higher-education cuts won't do that effort any good. So that's the threat: We'll wreck Medicaid, stop trying to make the state economically competitive or, more likely, some of both.
Or something else might happen. The feds could give in and reduce the state government's share of Medicaid expenses. Spared the need for more cuts, higher education can continue to match its training programs more closely with the needs of employers.