Friday, November 12, 2010

Louisiana State Government diverts $147M in Ed Funds

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a darling of the Republican party. Some reports indicate he is not home long enough to take care of state business. Apparently in high demand across the country, he maintains an extensive out of state travel schedule.

However, he has found the time to divert $147M in federal money that had been promised to local school districts, according to recent press reports.

The state education department announced in September, 2010 the filing of its application for federal jobs fund money. That announcement clearly committed that money to local districts.

Please see the actual announcement at

However, recent press reports indicate that state Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek now tells local school superintendents they will not get that money.

Press reports indicate that "...the Jindal administration wants to use the money to help fill in budget gaps next year and to offset cuts to higher education."

The governor, who has maintained a -no new tax-cut the budget-live within your means- public position, apparently could not resist filthy federal money available for the taking.

This is in spite of the fact that local state school districts were counting on that money to provide needed educational services.

And this action is symbolic of the current national conversation about fiscal responsibility. Many claim the no new tax position while the need for additional revenue to maintain quality services is clear and growing.

When will the public grow up and stop forcing politicians to adopt such dumb positions?

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