Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards warned Thursday that if his plan for tax increases doesn't pass, Louisiana might be without their beloved LSU football team in 2016, according to the Times-Picayune.
Last night, Edwards issued a state-wide television address claiming that the Louisiana state budget is in dire straights, facing a deficit of as much as $940 million. He listed a number of doomsday scenarios, including pulling the plug on medical patients' kidney dialysis and hospice care, but the one most concerning to football fans is that public colleges and universities would have to cancel all classes.
"I don't say this to scare you, but I am going to be honest with you," Edwards said, later adding, "Student athletes across the state would be ineligible to play next semester. That means you can say farewell to college football next fall."
Hard to believe that football and life or death medical issues would be uttered in proximate breaths, but if you've ever spent time in Louisiana in the fall, you'd know just how important that football team is to the community. Clever tactic for motivating an electorate to push your tax proposals.