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