by Jim W. Miller

Readers who labor under the Pelican state flag learned Thursday night that our new governor doesn’t play fair! Gov. John Bel Edwards marked his 30th day in office with a televised warning to all residents that if their elected legislators don’t solve the state’s budget deficit, there won’t be football next fall! He declared that unless a solution is found, student-athletes in all sports could find themselves ineligible immediately and looking for a place to play. Wow! Talk about a crisis! People slough off threats of higher taxes or cutting services, but no football?

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scareViewers of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ televised speech to the public prior to the start of the Louisiana Legislature’s 2016 First Extraordinary Session should not let the transparency of his tax-and-spend agenda and the insufferableness of the way he pursues it distract them from what needs to doing to resolve the state’s current and future budget difficulties.

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chervenak edwardsIt might be an understatement, to declare that the Louisiana universities are in panic mode. According to recent government figures, the state is roughly $950 million in the hole for the balance of this fiscal year and $2 billion in deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016.  Historically, because the way the legislature has devised the budgetary system, higher education and healthcare needs are the victims when cuts occur.

 

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edwards vicTonight Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued a State of the State address due to the impending $3 billion dollar budget shortfall and upcoming legislative session.

Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery

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people partyPlenty is riding on what occurs tonight as new Louisiana governor Jon Bel Edwards gives his state of the budget address at 6:30 pm followed by a Republican Party response by John Kennedy, Louisiana treasurer and US Senate candidate.

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kennedy officeUS Senate candidate, and treasurer, John Kennedy has sent out an email stating he will be giving the republican response to Jon Bel Edwards speech about the budget.

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skeleton 2We have are living a budgetary nightmare here in Louisiana as the Chief Economist for the Louisiana legislature essentially describing the state in a "recession"

On Sunday, a special session to fix, or try to fix a roughly $900 million dollar hole and a $2 billion dollar ditch will commence.

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rumble 2The Revenue Estimating Conference REC has presented the updated Louisiana fiscal house disaster, the Louisiana legislature special session is about to start. 

Are you ready to rumble?

After all, how do you describe a budget crisis situation for a state that will run out of money to pay for expected and some say needed services for this year in the estimated amount of $900 million and now over $2 billion for the following fiscal year?

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edwards gentillyWhile the Legislature and the Governor Jon Bel Edwards determine the current Revenue Estimating Conference determination of budget shortage, tomorrow, Louisiana will be glued to an unprecedented "State of the State Address" by the governor.

Below is the email by the administration descriing the broadcast.

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capitol red blueJon Bel Edwards meets with Louisiana Senate as Speaker Barras responds to session call

There might be some friendlier ties in the Louisiana Senate, but nothing cooking like that in the House.

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