Louisiana Political News Wire
ADVOCATE EDITORIAL: Steps Backward in Legislature
Is Louisiana going forward or backward? That’s the question people ought to ask of Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Legislature that has now gone home. If you measure the 2009 session’s contributions to the big issues in the state, there’s not that much positive we can point to, and a lot that has gone wrong. For the first time in 15 years, Louisiana is cutting its spending on higher education. That’s a step back, and a big one for those of us who believe Louisiana needs a nationally competitive system of universities. It was a populist session, in which politics ran over policy, and Jindal too often sat on the sidelines waiting for the politics to sort out instead of driving decisions unpopular with lawmakers or interest groups. The rush to subsidize a failed chicken plant in north Louisiana was pure politics that undermined the long-term credibility of the state’s economic development efforts.
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