They weren’t entirely wrong. While the Gov. Bobby Jindal Administration started out eschewing the use of such funding, in the past couple of years a few of its tactics in using it have gotten increasingly sketchy. For this current fiscal year, for example, it borrowed $20 million from a subsidiary state political subdivision to fund operations; for the upcoming one, it wants to take out $100 million more. Or, it is using a refinancing windfall of sorts to plug into current operations. While neither is as crass as borrowing money to pay for operating expenses – the “payback” to the unit will be in capital projects and the refinancing bonus comes courtesy of an instrument connected to the purpose on which the money will be spent – they really push the envelope and are verging on desperation to find funding.
This new outlook conjoined to the group's other goals enhances their worthiness as objects of implementation. Let’s hope the conversion on this issue is sincere, for substituting a focus on the disease rather than its symptoms increases the chances for a successful cure.