Gov. Edwards & Attorney General Landry not agreeing on oil spill recovery money
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry are clashing over how to handle millions in BP settlement money from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
The issue had been the subject of quiet dispute and a flurry of letter-writing over the last month. But it spilled into public view at a recent Senate budget hearing, with the two sides describing a stalemate that also dragged in Treasurer John Kennedy.
At one point, Landry asserted a $200 million settlement payment that lawmakers slated to help balance this year's budget should be held by Kennedy's office in escrow pending his clearance.
The treasurer has decided against complying with that request. However, Kennedy has asked state lawmakers to intervene and settle the disagreement over how another $32 million should be handled.