Prepare for state funding to dwindle
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.