Treasurer Schroder: Gov and Dems ‘Have No Path’ For Special Session [VIDEO]
Treasurer John Schroder talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the state of the special session of the Louisiana legislature. Schroder says that the inability of lawmakers to come to an agreement on how to solve the state's financial troubles are because Governor John Bel Edwards and legislative Democrats "aren't really communicating and aren't really clear on a path to what they really want."
Schroder is referring to claims by numerous GOP lawmakers that Wednesday night's breakdown in negotiations was due to Democrats sudden demand for over $900 million in new and increased taxes. The State Treasurer adds that, given the reticence of GOP lawmakers to pass new tax legislation, if Governor Edwards and the Dems "can get a quarter of a cent (sales tax), he better take what he can get."
Schroder insists that, against the wishes of the people, the size of state government continues to increase and that giving more money to Baton Rouge is "like giving more crack to a crack addict."