Full-speed head, Republicans!
Today’s news is just full of Jindal. We already mentioned
that to further his chances with 2016 Goat Rodeo
by kissing up to Y’all Qaeda’s
choir, the boy exorcist has taken the unprecedented step of stating in the NYTimes
that he will not cave when he signs the LA version of the We Don’t Serve Your Kind
As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.
But what we failed to notice at the time is that Jindal’s faith-based budgeting has endangered higher education in the state:
“LSU and many other public colleges in Louisiana might be forced to file for financial exigency, essentially academic bankruptcy, if state higher education funding doesn’t soon take a turn for the better.”
“Louisiana’s flagship university began putting together the paperwork for declaring financial exigency this week when the Legislature appeared to make little progress on finding a state budget solution, according to F. King Alexander, president and chancellor of LSU.”
“We don’t say that to scare people,” he said. “Basically, it is how we are going to survive.”
“Moody’s Investors Service also announced this month that it was lowering LSU’s credit outlook from positive to stable based on concerns about the university’s overall financial support. The lowering of LSU’s credit rating makes it more likely the university will have to pay more for its building projects in the future.”
“Being in a state of financial exigency means a university’s funding situation is so difficult that the viability of the entire institution is threatened. The status makes it easier for public colleges to shut down programs and lay off tenured faculty, but it also tarnishes the school’s reputation, making it harder to recruit faculty and students.”
And I note that one of the reasons that Silicon Valley came to exist in the SF Bay Area is because of the proximity to great schools and huge pool of engineering talent that made for a virtuous cycle.
Jindal’s budget disaster is very likely to have the exact opposite effect: the inability to lure business (a non-educated workforce in the information age is a non-starter). Riddle me this Batman: What business that depends on having a nearby talent pool is going to want to stick around when within the next 5 years they will have to recruit out of state workers to move to a backwater of uneducated hicks and religious bigots?
(Side note: Years ago, a friend and co-worker was lured from the Bay Area to the deep South for a buttload of cash, lower cost of living, a huge house with a lot of acreage. She thought she had struck it rich and moved out of Palo Alto. Within 2 years I saw her again at a professional society meeting; she moved back, and said she just couldn’t do it, it wasn’t worth it to live there.)
It also seems likely that the talent that is there—at least in the academic circles—is going to leave, thus creating a further vacuum. Who would apply to go to school there, too, not knowing if the school was still going to be around? Who would want to work in the LSU System for the same reasons?
And who would vote for a presidential candidate who torpedoed his own state? Your move, Bobby, but I won’t hold my breath.
For shits and giggles, here’s Jindal’s Op-Ed, well, edited.