Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
When I think about Governor Bobby Jindal’s budget practices, I’m reminded of the First Law of Holes, which is: If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
The governor doesn’t seem to be aware of that law. If he is, he’s been ignoring it for years. As a consequence, Louisiana finds itself in some very deep fiscal holes.
For example: the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly once had more than $800 million. It was supposed to last for decades. But the governor – with help from state lawmakers – has been tapping it for the past few years to balance the state budget. If Jindal’s next budget goes through as proposed, the trust fund will be broke by the middle of next year. And that’s just one example, out of many.
Lawmakers go into session in less than three weeks, on March 10. If nothing changes, Bobby Jindal will be out of office, and probably out of Louisiana, by the time we finally stop digging. By then, we’ll be in so deep that we may never be able to climb out.
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