Louisiana: Dem. Gov. Edwards holds LSU football, sick children hostage in tax increase demand

Louisiana: Dem. Gov. Edwards holds LSU football, sick children hostage in tax increase demand

In a rare address televised across the Bayou State last night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards raised the prospect of taking away a diseased nine-year-old boy’s medical coverage and kicking patients off kidney dialysis machines should the state legislature not support his proposed tax increases.

But his most effective nightmare scenario involved the fate of healthy young men rather than sick seniors and ailing children. Edwards promises to do in 2016 what Auburn, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M could not do in 2015: destroy the LSU Tigers football program.

“Many students will not be able to graduate and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester,” Edwards says if the legislature fails to pass his tax hikes. “That means you can say farewell to college football next fall.”

Why not say farewell to the $3.4 million contract for a consulting group to “provide assistance in developing and executing a strategic marking and communication program” to Louisiana Economic Development or $189,000 to the University of Tennessee for “monitoring the Louisiana Black Bear population; continued health of the population, monitoring adult female survival and [to] continue hair-snare work”?

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