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Old 03-21-2017, 09:09 PM
 
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I've read that, somewhere, there a possibility of closing some state parks and other areas. And one of those is Hodges Gardens. We LOVE Hodges!!! Although it's said that the closures are of last resort and not fully determined. What are your thoughts? What are your favorites?
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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I've read that, somewhere, there a possibility of closing some state parks and other areas. And one of those is Hodges Gardens. We LOVE Hodges!!! Although it's said that the closures are of last resort and not fully determined. What are your thoughts? What are your favorites?
We love Hodges Gardens too! The inspiration for developing the land are echoed in my own conservation work here in Calcasieu Parish.

Sadly, the entitlement mentality of modern society is forcing the state to cut their budget. TOPS is one of the biggest abusers of public money in Louisiana. The TOPS program has only been around since 1997.

We as a society face a decision, do we cut recreation and conservation funds to pay for newly created entitlement programs?

Did you realize that the Louisiana Forestry service no longer has an active nursery?

We were using the the nursery to BUY/PAY FOR/PURCHASE and replant Longleaf Pine trees across the state to revitalize vacant land with new economic opportunities for the next generations.

Long story made short, with so few state parks (check your newspaper archives in the 1980's for the last round of state park closures and sales), we created our own park system to enjoy the outdoors away from the hustle of the city and its high crime rates.

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Old 03-23-2017, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Sadly, the entitlement mentality of modern society is forcing the state to cut their budget. TOPS is one of the biggest abusers of public money in Louisiana. The TOPS program has only been around since 1997.

We as a society face a decision, do we cut recreation and conservation funds to pay for newly created entitlement programs?
entitlement mentality?

To keep things in perspective, for 2016, the total state budget was around $8.2 Billion. The TOPS program expenditures were projected at $293 Million. That represents 11% of the total higher education department's budget and roughly 3.5% of the total state budget.

DOA Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Budget
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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entitlement mentality?

To keep things in perspective, for 2016, the total state budget was around $8.2 Billion. The TOPS program expenditures were projected at $293 Million. That represents 11% of the total higher education department's budget and roughly 3.5% of the total state budget.

DOA Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Budget
Let's assume he's talking about the billions in tax breaks oil and gas get.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:45 AM
 
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Bumping this thread back up. Well it's been decided that as of Oct. 1, Hodges Gardens will be handed back to the Hodges Foundation. Still it's uncertain about the future of the gardens. I've read that the HF would not be able to afford the 650k yearly costs of maintenance. It's too beautiful and people love it too much for it to be closed indefinitely. Personally, I hope that the gardens would come back stronger than ever.
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