Gov. John Bel Edwards sees budget crisis as opportunity for reset

Gov. John Bel Edwards criticized House Republican leaders at a news conference Monday for failing to pass a revenue bill. (Photo: Kaylee Poche, LSU Manship School News Service)

Paul Braun and Kaylee Poche

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday outlined cuts to higher education, criminal justice and assistance to needy families in a budget passed by the Legislature and made a pitch for renewing a half-penny of sales taxes to avert most of them.

He made the comments in his first public appearance since he sharply criticized House leaders at a news conference minutes after the dramatic conclusion of a special session Monday night.

Lawmakers passed a budget that would have funded the programs if there were enough revenue, but efforts to pass a revenue bill collapsed in the House.

Edwards struck a more optimistic tone Wednesday about raising revenue and funding the programs in an expected third special session.

Read the story in The Daily Advertiser.

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