At the Capitol: Pat Smith
BATON ROUGE- State Representative Pat Smith from the 67th district stopped by 2une In this morning to give us an update on what's been going on during the current legislative session.
"We've got to make sure that our folks have a quality of life," said Smith. "That includes not listening to people out-of-state telling us how to run our budget, but to have the legislature do what it really needs to do."
Smith also stressed the importance of expanding Medicaid, a concept that Governor Jindal opposes.
"It's evident that our people need to have better healthcare," she said. "If we don't get better healthcare we'll have more people dying."
Smith said that if we had been able to take some more money from the federal government, the emergency room at Baton Rouge General might not have shut down.
Smith also talked about the current budget deficit that's facing Louisiana and the possible cuts to education. Many college presidents have spoken out about the harmful effects that major cuts could have to higher education in Louisiana.
"One solution is definitely not to give them an unstable means of being able to finance the higher education in our state," Smith said. "We've got to find them new dollars in order for them to stabilize."
One possibility being discussed to help higher education is giving universities throughout the state the power to create their own tuition costs.