The use of scare tactics is nothing new for the Louisiana Federation for Children. That is especially true when it comes to attacking Gov. John Bel Edwards. In fact, the group campaigned against him, and now it has pulled another shameless stunt.

More than six figures have been spent to run a blatantly false ad claiming that Edwards proposed budget cuts to the school voucher program. Hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on lies. Honestly, I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that out-of-state and out-of-touch billionaires have decided to take aim at our governor or that they decided not to spend their money more wisely to make a real difference for the children they supposedly care about.

Where were these activists during the first special session when Edwards proposed a comprehensive plan to stabilize the historic budget deficits left by former Gov. Bobby Jindal and avoid catastrophic cuts, including those to the voucher program? I was there. They were not. Many of my colleagues in the Legislature worked with Edwards, but some refused. Why weren’t they holding those lawmakers accountable? Those legislators are the ones to blame for the current cuts that all state agencies have been forced to make because they stopped progress and obstructed meaningful compromise.

The truth is that no student currently receiving the voucher will lose it, and more importantly, when our state is still facing a crippling budget deficit, Louisiana Federation for Children has proven themselves to be a part of the problem and not the solution.

Stand for truth and denounce dishonesty.

Pat Smith

state representative, District 67

Baton Rouge