Results are the same

Article VII, Section 1(A) of the Louisiana Constitution states: Except as otherwise provided by this constitution, the power of taxation shall be vested in the legislature, shall never be surrendered, suspended, or contracted away….

On Thursday, State Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that he wanted the leges to allow the public colleges to raise tuition without or with less control by the leges.

Of course, he did. The college administrators make the same pitch. They all work for Bobby Jindal.

Tax by another name

Since Jindal has been governor, each time the colleges raised tuition, Jindal cut the state funding for the colleges by a like amount or more.

The net result of tuition hikes has been to free up state funds available for spending on things that Jindal and the leges consider a higher priority that Higher Education.

In other words, raising tuition increases State General Fund revenues just the same as other taxes with one big exception.

These “backdoor” tax increases allow Jindal and the leges to avoid having their fingerprints directly on them. The leges authorize the colleges to raise taxes. Then they force the heads of the colleges by reducing state revenues going to the colleges.

The tax hikes are actually imposed by non-elected officials who work for Jindal in contradiction of the constitution.

It’s time to wake-up, folks!