Edwards unveils budget, calls for significant investments in education and infrastructure

Published: Jan. 25, 2022

By: Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday proposed substantial spending increases on infrastructure and higher education. (Piper Hutchinson/LSU Manship School News Service)

BATON ROUGE—With the state flush with cash, Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a proposed budget Monday that includes more than $1.1 billion in infrastructure spending and investments in education at all levels.

“I think we have once in a generation, and maybe once in a lifetime opportunity in some respects, to move our state forward,” Edwards said.

He outlined his budget priorities at a news conference at the Capitol. The budget is for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and the state has lots of money to spend following federal pandemic relief and higher-than-expected state tax revenues. 

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will present the plan on Tuesday to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. The Legislature will decide by June what the final bill looks like. 

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