Sunday, 24 April 2011 15:38
Louisiana House Speaker Tucker Eyes 2011 Legis. Session, Part-2

With the general session of the Louisiana Legislature only hours away, Louisiana Speaker Jim Tucker will be facing his last term as a member of the House of Representatives.  He is term limited.

Yet, there is no time for goodbyes.  The agenda is full since Louisiana is facing one of the heaviest obligations in its modern history.  The state budget is 1.6 billion dollars out of balance based upon revenue projections.

Undertaking such remedial actions to stabilize the state’s finances would not be easy in the best of times.  Now, with the steep fiscal hole ahead, the secondary issues become even more onerous.  There are still frayed feelings due to redistricting fights pitted brothers against brothers.  While the reapportionment matter is temporarily on the shelf waiting federal approval, racial ruptures are ripe.  At the center is the merger of two New Orleans higher education institutions—one, a predominately black facility, SUNO with the other, financially tenuous UNO. 

Tucker, a quiet thoughtful leader knows that a firm but open hand in the lower legislative body is needed more than ever.

Then, there is a little matter called statewide elections.  This year, politicians are in the fish bowl of public scrutiny since their political careers are on the line. However, with the redistricting maps uncertain, the incumbent and their possible challengers are uncertain as to where the district boundaries might ultimately fall.

Bayoubuzz interviewed Tucker about these issues. Below is a two-part interview ending with the Speaker looking back and forward as to what he most wants to accomplish with his role as a New Orleans representative and as the Louisiana House Speaker draws to a close.

by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of

Jim Tucker Interview and Video --Part I (Louisiana Speaker Tucker Talks Redistricting, Budget, SUNO-UNO Merger )



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