In reference to state Rep. Pat Smith’s letter, I would like to try to clarify something. I don’t know enough about the main topic of her letter about vouchers, so I am not going there.

But Rep. Smith said “to stabilize the historic budget deficits left by former Gov. Bobby Jindal.” And then later she closes with, “Stand for truth and denounce dishonesty.”

The last time I checked (which has been a while ago), the governor of Louisiana does not have the authority to single-handedly create and approve his own budget. He submits a budget that the Legislature than reviews and either approves or revises and ultimately approves. Only then can the governor approve or veto the budget.

So, let’s be truthful and denounce dishonesty by putting the blame where it belongs, on the Legislature. Jindal does bear some of the blame for our financial situation, but the Legislature should have the biggest share since they voted for the budget we have been under for the past year.

In closing, I would like to agree with state Treasurer John Kennedy that Louisiana does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Our budget has grown way too much since Katrina and we need to cut the waste and quit claiming the things to cut have the most emotional impact on people. Look around and it is easy to find waste in government.

Mickey Christensen

quality management system consultant

Baton Rouge