Even for Jindal’s Louisiana, This Seems Ludicrous

ACADEME BLOG

I have done a number of posts on Bobby Jindal’s political calculations and their impact on public higher education in Louisiana, and I am planning several more posts on the ongoing budget issues in the state.

But I have just come across a news item that has left me scratching my head.

But, first, here a thumbnail overview of what I have covered in previously posts about the state’s budget woes. Over his two terms as governor, Jindal has been cutting taxes in Louisiana and reducing appropriations to public colleges and universities, as well as other public institutions, in good times and bad. The state’s is very dependent on the oil and gas industries for much of its revenue, and when energy prices were high, Jindal decided that the state could give still further tax breaks to the industry. Well, now that energy prices are down, the state is facing…

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