Lege budgetary quicksand Friday, Nov 20 2015
It’s been a while since I’ve offered our leges my assistance. It’s generally a waste of time. So, I thought I’d just watch how they address the fiscal mess they’ve put our state in and make observations from time to time. This is one of those times.
Watching the leges deal with the state’s chronic fiscal problems reminds me of an old Tarzan movie. There’s always someone who falls into quicksand. The more he struggles the deeper he sinks.
Bobby Jindal is offering the leges help in getting out of the mess they created. He is cutting vital services that he knows must be restored as soon as he leaves office. Plus Jindal is using more one-time revenues to fix a budget problem caused in large part by using one-time for recurring expenditures the last 7 years.
Jindal’s $500 Million budget “re-balancing” plan is the equivalent of instead of throwing to the person in quicksand an anvil rather than a rope.
Interestingly, according to various media reports, most of the leges on Joint Lege Budget Committee appear anxious to grab the anvil.
While Jindal will no longer have any responsibility for the budget mess after January 11, most of these same leges will.
Doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results, one has to question the leges’ sanity.
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