Bob Mann makes a strong debut in the Times-Picayune as its newest political columnist. And he tackles Governor Jindal’s penchant for double-talk on transparency:
Don’t tell my kids, but here’s the bad news: Louisiana government is increasingly off limits to the public.
LSU flouted the public records and public meetings laws, selecting its new president in secret.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s aides recently fought and defeated efforts to repeal a broad public records exception — passed at Jindal’s behest in 2009 — that keeps hidden documents related to the governor’s “deliberative process.”
Various state departments improperly invoke that deliberative process exception to shield records.
Jindal has even extended the exception to LSU, a dubious practice that allowed university officials to withhold records about state hospital budget cuts and the university’s privatization plans for those hospitals.