State Representative John Schroder joined me and Scott McKay in the waning moments of the special session to talk about the deal on the table to plug the state’s budget deficit. While the show was being recorded, Representative Schroder was still mulling how he was going to vote on the measure. Though the conversation started with the matter at hand, it turned quickly to the larger issue, which is making structural changes to the way Louisiana approaches its budget. Representative Schroder talked about the need to make a fundamental shift, more specifically, in making a commitment to tightening our belts, not budgeting to spend every projected dollar, and leaving the state some leeway to handle its business responsibly. One of the bigger topics of this episode is the use of the rainy day fund, and how it seems to be a perpetual crutch for lawmakers to lean on when it comes down to crunch time.
Since there were more pressing matters at hand, we didn’t delve into Representative Schroder’s campaign for State Treasurer. But, we did talk about what Schroder feels is important for the job. Representative Schroder said his time in the State Legislature and his relationships with other lawmakers will prove to be a huge asset when it comes to pushing a message of fiscal responsibility from the Treasurer’s office.
Before bringing on this week’s guest, Scott and I talk about how the future of Baton Rouge, and some of the players that are shaping the discussion around race and nothing else. In particular, the guys discuss Gary Chambers and his grievances over (of all things) Mardi Gras beads.