Episode 12: Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder talks Main Street Recovery, challenges facing Louisianians
Our guest on this week’s podcast is Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder, who talks about Main Street Recovery, a new state program that will offer grants of up to $15,000 to reimburse businesses for pandemic-related expenses. Schroder also discusses the many potential challenges facing Louisianians in the months ahead as the state tries to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
John Schroder was first elected Louisiana State Treasurer in 2017 and is now in his second term. Due to his background as a businessman and entrepreneur, he said he believes government should manage its money “like you manage your businesses and households.” He advocates for government transparency and accountability. He said that in his first two years in office, the Treasury has returned more unclaimed property checks than in any other year on record. He said he’s saved the state millions of dollars by renegotiating contracts and forcing departments to restructure their borrowing habits. Schroder is a U.S. Army Vet and served 10 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is a graduate of East Jefferson High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a husband of 34 years, father of two and an “extremely proud” grandfather to two grandchildren.