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Your Turn: Higher Ed Budget Cuts

Friday, February 20, 2015

This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Bo Bienvenu. Bienvenu replied by email to our commentary this week on how Louisiana state budget cuts are affecting higher education. He sent us his top ten list of ideas on how to address the state's budget deficit. (See the entire list below) 

Bienvenu's top three ideas are: 1) Convince the governor that all the pork in the budget is actually a tax on Louisiana taxpayers so he will have the courage to veto it. 2) Explain to the legislature that it is permissible to propose and even pass legislation the governor does not like. 3) Introduce the legislature to the obviously unknown and untested concept of "Legislative Override" in the event of a veto of sensible legislation. So many things are possible if the courage and will to do them are in the hearts and minds of those responsible. 

That's Bo Bienvenu's turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, visit us on Facebook or send an email to yourturn@wafb.com.


Bienvenu's 10 Ten List

1) Convince the governor that all the pork in the budget is actually a tax on Louisiana taxpayers so he will have the courage to veto it.

2) Explain to the legislature that it is permissible to propose and even pass legislation the governor does not like.

3) Introduce the legislature to the obviously unknown and untested concept of "Legislative Override" in the event of a veto of sensible legislation.

4) Try to grasp the concept that giving as much as $7.00 in tax credits for every $1.00 in revenue is not "revenue neutral".

5) Question why it is necessary to continue to give money to the state's only billionaire who owns one of the most profitable franchises in the NFL.

6) Put higher education on the protected list and take governor and legislative salaries and expenses off.

7) Limit the coming year's budget to the average of the prior three years revenue. It is easier to spend a surplus than cut to meet a shortfall.

8) Consider the concept that "the greater good of the tax paying citizen" should trump the national ambitions of the governor or any other elected official.

9) If redistribution of wealth in the form of vouchers really is education reform, use it in higher education and close underperforming universities.

10) Don't let the status of our universities sink so low it adversely affects our ability to recruit, not the best and brightest professors, but the best athletes.

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