I was really uplifted here. There are heroes to this story and they are the local leaders and private citizens who banded together in the individual communities that were devastated to just get the job done in the initial days, with no help in those initial days coming in from outside, they got it done and they are the real heroes.
The first thing we did was increase the amount we bring back to Louisiana, ... We have been and still are what's called a 'donor state.' For every 1 of federal gasoline tax that we spend, we get less than 1 back in federal highway funds. That's wrong, particularly because we are very needy and are considered a relatively poor state.
I've heard many Washington talking heads say that heads must roll, ... I'm all for that and have my own personal list. But that alone isn't enough. We need to look at the big picture - not just what people failed but also what institutions and models failed and, just as importantly, what others worked against all odds.
I just think the state is going to have to be involved in that helpful way, ... I just want to express my deep frustration about folks in Baton Rouge who apparently are completely focused on why this can't work instead of figuring out how to make it work so we can get these communities through these very crucial next several months.