Gov. Edwards calls budget shifts to fund TOPS ‘irresponsible’

By Samuel Carter Karlin

BATON ROUGE — A day after House Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry unveiled plans to fund TOPS by shifting money around in the state’s budget, Gov. John Bel Edwards criticized the moves as “irresponsible” and “reckless.”

The two have exchanged indirect barbs in recent weeks. Henry, a Metairie Republican and fiscal conservative, rebutted Edwards’ position that the state needs more revenue by overhauling the approach taken on HB 1, which he is sponsoring.

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