During a discussion on programs and the governor’s proposed budget for the coming year, assistant superintendent Dave ‘Lefty’ Lefkowith noted deep cuts that the Jindal administration has recommended for the Education Department’s executive budget — heavily implying that the cuts are a response to the political battle between Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White.One would think, though, that given this Education Department's creative approach to science instruction, they might still figure out a way to do that. As long as the money doesn't evolve from the tree, it should work out OK.
“Let’s just be adults about this,” Lefkowith said.
Stafford Palmieri, Jindal’s chief of staff, denied that the cuts are politically motivated.
“All of the departments are taking cuts like that this year,” she shot back. “That’s just the reality of a $1.6 billion shortfall.”
“I wish I could grow money on trees, but I can’t,” she added, drawing laughter in the room, which had grown quiet in the back-and-forth.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Another day, another Jindal budget feud.