Think Beyond the Recession

Think Beyond the Recession

On January 17, 2009 the Advocate published an editorial entitled “Think Beyond the Recession,” that featured the recent comments of Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) director, Edward Ashworth to the Baton Rouge Press Club. The editorial agreed with Mr. Ashworth that budget cuts as a sole solution to the state’s fiscal crisis would further the negative effects of the recession in Louisiana. It suggested that failing to utilize a combination of budget cuts and revenue increases to balance Louisiana’s budget would compromise services for the poor, the sick, and the elderly and would eliminate or reduce education programs.

On January 17, 2009 the Advocate published an editorial entitled “Think Beyond the Recession,” that featured the recent comments of Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) director, Edward Ashworth to the Baton Rouge Press Club.

The editorial agreed with Mr. Ashworth that budget cuts as a sole solution to the state’s fiscal crisis would further the negative effects of the recession in Louisiana. It suggested that failing to utilize a combination of budget cuts and revenue increases to balance Louisiana’s budget would compromise services for the poor, the sick, and the elderly and would eliminate or reduce education programs.

“All of this means Louisiana, already struggling to compete nationally and internationally, could emerge from this recession dumber and sicker than before the recession struck,” the Advocate said.