Air: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
We'd like to welcome Louisiana lawmakers back to Baton Rouge and we hope they are returning with a renewed sense of energy to tackle the state's problems.
There are some big ones to be addressed, starting with Louisiana's $1.6 billion budget deficit. Our hope is that our state leaders will look beyond short term fixes and one-time money to build a revenue base that is reliable. The $1.6 billion hole we're in is not just a problem for this year. Projections show state budget deficits of between $1 billion and $2 billion for the next five years.
It's not fair to the citizens of the state to continually put access to health care and higher education at risk with a funding plan that does not add up. It will require leadership to address this problem and achieve a more permanent solution than we've found for the last few years. We hope there is a leader or leaders among us who can get this job done this year.