Opinion Editorial: Why are we on the chopping block? By Jeannette Glen

Opinion Editorial: Why are we on the chopping block?

By Jeannette Glen

Jeanette Glen

Jeanette Glen


As students, there are certain essentials that are vital for our education. Money for tuition, books, gas, rent, food and transportation are all necessities that contribute to our physical and educational sustainability. All of the sleepless nights and hard work seemed to be for nothing after being told that the very reason we are able to attend school (grants and loans) may soon be cut. To make matters worse, some schools, including our own, will be unable to function after the cuts and are at risk for closing on April 30. It’s an economical disaster that we students wish we were not in the middle of.
I felt bad after hearing of the rising deficit of the state. But it angered me when I heard of the state’s intent to raise cigarette and alcohol tax. It’s bad enough that the state already singles out smokers– we have to walk off campus, stay at least 20 feet away from stores and stand outside of our favorite bars to smoke! Why the attack on cigarette smokers? Especially since Louisiana has enough chemical plants to blow up the entire state.
How will citizens who are neither students nor smokers show their support for this cutback and tax raise? And is the state willing to extend their efforts at correcting this deficit to include all citizens?  Why does higher education have to suffer for a deficit that is not the schools nor the students fault? Why aren’t there other revenues and options available besides raising cigarette and alcohol tax? Will the cuts and tax increases be enough to pull our beloved state back from this economical abyss?
Before Jindal’s administration, Louisiana had a surplus of revenue. When Jindal left office, he also left behind a deficit which he is not being held accountable for. Jindal incurred state expenses for his failed presidential campaign that cost $10,000 a day (think state trooper bodyguards), yet he is not being asked to reimburse the state. Over $2 million would help somewhere in the state deficit.
Why is our state so broken? Why weren’t our legislators able to get all of this under control before turning the state into a financial madhouse? People are in need and citizens, especially students, are losing hope. Where will we go from here? It makes me feel like we, our parents and our grandparents all worked hard and paid into a system that has now failed us and possibly the next generation.

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