Newell Normand and Governor Edwards: We’re hanging over the cliff

Newell Normand
May 26, 2018 - 3:11 pm

The Louisiana Legislature is in its second special session of the year, trying to solve a $648 million budget shortfall. They were unable to do it in a special session earlier in the year. Will they get it done this time around? Newell Normand spoke with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards about what's going on.

Check out some of Newell Normand's HOT TAKES:

  • This is the end of the road.  We are no longer looking across the landscape to see the cliff.  We're on the cliff.  We're hanging over the cliff.
  • Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed the pretend budget, and “pretend” is what the legislature called it.  When we start using terminology like that, one begins to ask questions.  As long as I've been in government, this completely mystifies me.  Why are we “pretending” at all!  Who do we think we’re fooling?
  • There seems to be some discontent among some Republican legislators.  One said the other day they were looking at smokescreens and rhetoric.  Let's stop doing that.  Let's stop.  Let's do what's in the best interests of Louisiana and of the people of Louisiana instead of what's in the best interests of a political party.
  • Funding education is an investment in our future.  Making sure our teachers, K-12 education, and higher education are all funded is vital.  Those are some of the best investments we can make.

Listen to Newell and the Governor's entire talk below.

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