The unambiguous message from Mayor Cedric Glover’s budget was Shreveport is ailing financially, encumbered by mistakes made in the past by some still with positions of power and authority in the city. Glover himself must shoulder some of the blame despite not being a city official from 1995 to 2006, as he often was point man in the Legislature for his predecessor Keith Hightower’s decisions, aided and abetted by some current members on the City Council, who have caused this condition.
Reading between the lines (which is what this space is all about) of the commentary provided by Glover in the document, one finds the indicators of the deterioration:
While Glover’s comments attempt to put on a brave front, realistically this budget itself is an exercise in optimism; the city is likelier to end up with an even bleaker revenue picture. Shreveport now is reaping the financial consequences of what it sowed from the monuments that Hightower, with Glover’s blessing, built.