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“A Louisiana Checkbook? We Can’t Do That!”

That seems to be the message the insiders at the state capitol are now telling the people, like Americans For Prosperity and the Louisiana Association for Business and Industry, who are pushing for Louisiana to adopt something like the Ohio Checkbook this year.

The Louisiana Checkbook idea was one of the conditions put forth by House Speaker Taylor Barras as prerequisites for any discussion of tax increases to resolve the current budget deficit. There is no defensible argument not to have such an asset, in which state and local government expenditures down to the penny are accounted for in a user-friendly transparency website form, with information that is easily understood and sharable on social media.

That there is no defensible argument, though, doesn’t mean there is no opposition. There is plenty of that…


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