Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, appearing before the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, January 8, 2018.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards appeared before the Baton Rouge Press Club (BRPC) on Monday, January 8, 2018. During the Q & A segment, he fielded a question by Louisiana AFL-CIO President Louis Reine. The question entailed recent statements by Louisiana State Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) wherein Reine states Seabaugh “wasn’t paying attention in class” when he said Gov. Edwards has not cut Louisiana’s budget. The question and Gov. Edwards’ response follow:
Edwards responds to AFL-CIO President Louis Reine’s question at the BRPC on 1/8/18.
If history is any guide, Seabaugh likely won’t take kindly to the preceding characterization of him by Edwards. Consider his sharp rebuke of Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, whom Seabaugh staunchly opposed entailing Carter’s proposed 18 cent per gallon added gasoline tax in the 2017 regular session wherein he acknowledged what many Louisiana citizens (most especially us at Sound Off Louisiana) believe are DOTD inefficiencies as he called for the firing of 3,000 of the agency’s employees:
Seabaugh’s 5/31/17 point of personal privilege on the Louisiana House floor.
So, there’s the contrast between “big labor” for state government employees and a fiscal conservative legislator who is willing to call state government inefficiency on the carpet. If the first video above is any guide, we should be in for a very bumpy 2018 Louisiana Legislative ride, folks!
Click here to view Gov. Edwards’ BRPC address in its entirety.
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