In theory, the State Bond Commission’s job is to ensure that political subdivisions have the wherewithal to borrow money, that the projects are legal and feasible and that the government entity can repay any debt it incurs.
The panel, chaired by the state treasurer and stacked with state elected leaders, has long been a venue for political gamesmanship over constituent-pleasing capital projects, but not huge philosophical issues. More recently, publicity-seeking politicians have dialed up the temperature and used the commission to push partisan positions such as opposition to gun control.
That was inappropriate and unproductive. What happened Thursday was worse.
Along strictly party-line 12-2 votes, commission members including Treasurer and commission chairman John Schroder, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Senate President…