From the Publisher: July 2016
● By Robert Frey
By Art SuberbielleAfter more than 120 days of wrangling, the Louisiana Legislature finally has adjourned, but not without digging their hands into our pockets. Two special sessions and a regular session failed to produce enough budget cuts to deal with the projected shortfall of revenue for the coming year.
Instead of cutting expenses to equal revenue, the Governor and legislature decided to raise taxes in a number of various ways. Once again, it is hard to understand why these intelligent people cannot face the real facts – we are spending too much money on too many unnecessary projects. In last month’s column I cited several glaring examples of how substantial sums of money are being thrown around. But apparently no one in Baton Rouge was paying attention or has the courage to take on the “powers that be” in regards to excessive spending.
K.I.S.S. will work – Keep It So Simple. Perhaps that is the problem. The folks in Baton Rouge are not accustomed to keeping anything simple. For example, if you wanted to make repairs to your home that cost $106 dollars, but you only had $100, you would shave off something to bring the cost down to the $100 you had in hand. The state budget revenue projection expected somewhere in the neighborhood of $24 Billion, but the state really wanted to spend $600 Million more than that. All that’s needed is to shave off only 2.5% of what was planned. Simple enough.
But rather than spend less, the elected leaders chose to take more from you and me to make up the difference. According to the latest report released in September, 2015 by Truth in Accounting, a nonprofit organization, Louisiana ranked 12th worse in the country in “taxpayer burden.”
It’s time to K.I.S.S – Keep It So Simple by reducing spending to equal the revenue. What will it take for this simple message to hit home with our elected officials?