Louisiana’s governorship comes with some major built-in powers, and the savviest governors know how to use them.Either you're driving the purple party bus or that thing will drive you.
Most immediately, he can narrowly tailor the call for the special session that’s just over a week away. As Alford reports, Republican lawmakers are asking Edwards to give them a broader array of options, including some ambitious ideas to restructure government.
“We urge you to open the special session call to include reforms to Medicaid, the state pension systems, employee health care, sentencing and corrections, institutional reorganization, board and agency consolidations, and other areas that require strategic reform to deliver high-quality services at the most effective cost to the taxpayer,” Alford quotes from a draft letter to the governor.
All those conversations should happen, but having them in a session that will likely run less than a month, one that should necessarily be devoted to addressing immediate funding shortfalls of $750 million for this year and $1.9 billion for next, sounds more like an effort to head off the tax increases that Edwards is reluctantly seeking than to really solve problems.
Edwards has the power to set the terms of this debate, and he should take it.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Time to bust some heads
Stephanie Grace has some good advice for Governor Edwards ahead of the special session.