State leaders weigh-in on new ideas for budget
BATON ROUGE- The state treasurer equates some of the governor's new ideas to a drug addict selling valuables to get a quick fix.
Governor Bobby Jindal tossed around some ideas with top legislators Thursday, that included selling state property, prisons, health care plans, lottery proceeds and state buildings, in a lease-to-buy-back program.
John Kennedy says some of the ideas are good, but not for filling $1.6 billion in next year's budget. The governor has said he knows the ideas, which add up to a little more than $800 million, won't be the only solution.
Kennedy applauds the governor for getting the budget process going early, but hopes there's more to addressing the deficit than just a one-time money influx, as he says the state relied on for its 2010 budget.