It’s getting very serious. This month, Governor Bobby Jindal will reveal his budget proposal, which must somehow accommodate an expected $1.6 billion shortfall in state general fund revenue.
The problem spreads farther than Louisiana. Across the country, politicians are trying to balance budgets by cutting the salaries, benefits and even the jobs of teachers and other public servants.
Ultra-conservative politicians are trying to blame the crisis on public employees, instead of the Wall Street profiteers who drove our economy over a cliff in 2008. Some are trying to divide public opinion by calling teachers, firefighters and police officers, social workers and park rangers “tax eaters” who don’t deserve decent salaries, health insurance and retirement pensions.
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