The Think Tank 1010am, Governor John Bel Edwards on budget crisis
GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS talks about the budget and what we have to do to fix it! Edwards says his aim is to rebalance the budget and end cycles of continuing shortfalls. He’s proposing tax increases to raise new money for the treasury, saying that’s the only way to avoid devastating cuts to public colleges and health services. Republican lawmakers say there’s room for reductions in government spending and they’ve urged Edwards to include those ideas in the special session. Do you want a temporary band-aid approach like we’ve done in the past, or major surgery, that may hurt more but stabilize state finances long-term?