In a wide-ranging online video interview, Bayoubuzz publisher Stephen Sabludowsky, discussed these issues with Professor D. Pearson Cross of the University of Louisiana’s political science department.
Here are quick references to part one of that interview:
00:00 Received pretty outrageous emails against Edwards--based upon actions Edwards is expected to take but not yet taken
00:32 A particular shocking one, although nothing has happened yet, was not only did the incoming governor have major plan to raise taxes, he was going to reach into our pockets and as a result, everybody needs to organize to push back against his confiscating private dollars
01:48 All four candidates said the state needed more revenues. They basically said, nothing can be off the table, that Jindal's “no new revenues” is a non-starter and they left up to public to kind of impute what their individual positions were. Did not hear any candidate disavow raising new revenues through taxes or some other way
02:55 In a campaign like the governor's race, you can't be the first one to say, “i'm going to tax this and tax that”. Candidates doing this is opening up for attack. Would have been one thing if they all agreed on particular thing. But in absence of having agreement on revenue plan, nobody had a plan while campaign was still going on.
04:25 Budget is in very serious hole, took a while to get here and will take while to get out and not going to happen in one special session, one legislative session or in one year. Multi-year disaster with bad news for everybody.
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