Monday's big reveal was Gov. John Bel Edwards' doomsday budget, the one that slashes health care and higher ed to the bone if the Legislature doesn't finally deal with the reality that some $1 billion is temporary tax revenue is about to disappear.

Tuesday's big reveal was the list of artists who'll be playing at this year's Jazzfest.



It's been said that to live in south Louisiana is to get used to extreme highs and lows, and we've had plenty of both lately. The Saints lost a heartbreaker in Minneapolis, but hey, two Pelicans, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, were named to start the NBA All-Star game, and Carnival parades start soon. New Orleanians are told not to do laundry or run the dishes due to the after-effects of a hard freeze, even though it's warm enough to walk around in a T-shirt. Government can't seem to function at a basic level, but we'll all be dancing at the Fair Grounds come April.

You can't control the weather, and in sudden-death playoff games, someone's got to lose. But the catastrophe at the state Capitol is another matter. It was entirely avoidable, and is as fixable now as it's ever going to be. All it takes is for lawmakers, particularly House Republicans, to sit down with Edwards, decide for sure what they're willing to cut and raise the revenue to pay for what they're not.

That's not to say it's going to be easy, or pleasant. But it has to happen, and the options on the table now are the same ones that were there last year, and the same ones that will be there if the politicians put it off until the last possible moment in June.

In the meantime, students will be stressed about whether their TOPS scholarships will be there. Hospital operators will be stressed about whether they can pay their bills. Elderly, developmentally disabled and mentally ill people and their caretakers who rely on state funding will be stressed, as they so often are during budget battles.

There are plenty of risks people take on by living here, but this sort of governmental indifference does not have to be one. There's nothing in the water. This is simply a case of the people who represent us not doing their jobs.

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