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Prepare for state funding to dwindle

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The state has to balance its budget. We cannot afford the luxury the federal government has — adding numbers to our debt clock when we run out of space to express the depth of our red ink.

It’s going to be a tough year for state employees. Teachers and state workers have enjoyed several years of pay increases and growth, even as the state initiated a hiring freeze last year to accommodate for Jindal’s first attempts to control state spending.

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