DuBos: La. doesn't need more procrastination from Jindal on budget woes

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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to face criticism for his failed hospital-financing plan, even from Republicans. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- They say procrastination is the thief of time. There’s no better example of that kind of thievery than Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to face fiscal reality.

As a candidate, Jindal promised not to use one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. As governor, he has broken that promise every year.

Even the governor’s Republican allies accuse him of kicking Louisiana’s fiscal can down the road, putting off until - whenever - the day of reckoning.

Now that day is upon us. The federal government has rejected Jindal’s plan to finance the privatization of Louisiana’s public hospitals. That puts Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars in the hole starting in July – and up to $2 billion in the hole less than 14 months from now.

The governor said he will appeal the feds’ decision. That’s fine, but that’s not a plan. What Louisiana needs right now is a plan based in reality, not a pipe dream. Above all, we don’t need any more procrastination by Jindal. That policy has already stolen enough of Louisiana’s future.

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