“Stabilizing Louisiana’s budget is my top priority, but we are still recovering from years of mismanagement,” said Gov. Edwards. “Unfortunately, our options are limited, and given the ongoing financial crisis of our state, nothing is painless anymore. However, we knew this shortfall existed and worked with state agencies to prepare for it without causing unnecessary harm.
“Our work in the 2017 legislative session will be more important than ever as we find ways to reform our state’s broken tax code so that we can make critical investments in higher education, TOPS and the future of our state. This isn’t the last of our budget challenges, and cuts for the current fiscal year will also be necessary and painful, but if we can work together in the regular session, Louisiana will be in a strong financial position for the future.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Gov. Edwards met with House and Senate leaders to discuss the options for closing the budget shortfall.
In June, Gov. Edwards discussed the shortfall that would need to be addressed this fall. The shortfall is for the previous fiscal year that ended on June 30. A clip of those remarks is available by clicking here.
Over the course of the special legislative session, Gov. Edwards and Commissioner Dardenne asked lawmakers to approve revenue-raising measures to avoid these cuts, however, some in the legislature assumed tax collections would increase over the summer months and refused to address the pending shortfall. A NOLA.com article outlines Gov. Edwards’ warnings and is available by clicking here.
Facts on Gov. Edwards’ Proposals: