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As Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration, right, watches, Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at a press conference after the legislature adjourned sine die to end the special session to address the state's fiscal crisis Monday March 5, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

This spring, Louisiana’s latest crop of graduates will enter the workforce, taking on jobs that require them to finish assignments before getting paid.

A glaring exception is the Louisiana Legislature, where it’s apparently acceptable to pick up a paycheck after getting nothing done.

This week, after dawdling through a special session meant to address a state budget facing a nearly $1 billion shortfall, lawmakers opted to sit on their hands, then knock off two days early.

The wasted session will cost taxpayers nearly a million bucks, and some of the expense involves paying legislators. When lawmakers left the state in essentially the same pickle during last year’s regular legislative session, we suggested that they do the right thing and refuse their pay.

That modest proposal was greeted by the sound of crickets. As far as we know, no legislators declined their per diems. We still think the politicos at the State Capitol should borrow a page from real life for a change and not take pay for a session that was, in terms of results, a fat zero.

We have no illusions, though, that lawmakers will take us up on our idea.

Little wonder that this year’s graduates, looking at the lemmings who are supposed to lead their state, will decide to live and work elsewhere.