by CB Forgotston
Louisiana is in desperate need of leadership. The only thing worse than a vacuum in leadership is when one intentionally misleads our citizens.
Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington [addressing college students protesting budget cuts to Higher Ed], said the Legislature has little control because of constitutional dedications that protect other areas of the budget but leave higher education vulnerable. The Advocate, April 16, 2015
Further, Schroder says: “Our hands are tied.“ Ibid.
The leges tell us that whenever there is a decline in state revenues and a corresponding need to reduce state spending the only places that can be cut are Healthcare and Higher Education. They say it is because of our states constitution.
A few years back when Bobby Jindals proposed budget was presented to the lege, Higher Ed had been reduced significantly. When the leges finished with the budget, they had ADDED $2.8 BILLION in spending, but funding for both Healthcare and Higher Education had been substantially cut.
There was no change in the State Constitution before or after the budget was drafted that protected Healthcare and Higher Education.
There are a lot of lawyers in the Louisiana Legislature. This is a challenge to them to either cite the provision(s) in the state constitution that requires cuts to Healthcare and Higher Education whenever there is a revenue shortfall or stop perpetuating these myths.
Non-lawyers in the lege (includes Schroder), are challenged to: 1) Get a lawyer to provide you with the necessary constitutional provision(s) by which your hands are tied; 2) read the constitution for yourself or 3) simply stop speaking about that which you don’t know.
Perpetuation of this myth serves only to show how little the leges know about our constitution and how little regard they have for our intelligence.
It’s time to put up or shut up!
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