Thank Edwin Edwards for that brilliant policy.
The quote of an idiot.
The vast majority of funding items have been Constitutionally protected by Amendments to the Constitution over the almost 40 years since its revision...the vast majority of those Amendments occurred during the Treen and Roemer administrations.
If you want to blame anyone for this mess, you can thank your Reps and Senators who have gotten one Amendment after another passed to protect their "pet projects". They always wait for a weak Governor to get them passed.
Why didn't Bobby take a stab at a new Constitutional Convention to correct this crap? The same reason Edwards didn't do in his last administration (which he wanted to do in order to protect educational funding)? Because it takes a Super Majority vote of both the House and Senate to call one and that's impossible. Why? Because you're asking the guys who loaded the Constitution with protective Amendments to create a mechanism to undo what took them 38 years to build.
One last bit of info for you, DHH seldom, if ever, really experiences true cuts. Why? Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) adjustment payments from the Feds. For every dollar of funding from state government, the Feds put up $2.50.
Those are the facts, but don't let that get in the way of your "Edwards" bashing.
This post was edited on 10/6 at 10:30 am