Budgetary legerdemain is nothing new, but Jindal has made it a template rather than a failsafe — and he’s running out of one-time money to throw at recurring expenses. That means lawmakers will have to cut more — and deeper. On the chopping block are $60 million worth of pay raises for state workers; $40 million for a higher education incentive fund (known as WISE) that Jindal touted earlier this year; and $6 million in new money for higher education.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...