Dardenne updates dire budget situation, tells BR Press Club 'it's not pretty'

Dardenne updates dire budget situation, tells BR Press Club 'it's not pretty'

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards' administration said the legislature and the public in general should expect an unvarnished version of the state's budget.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne met with Republican legislators Monday morning before making his case to the Baton Rouge Press Club.

"Here's the budget and it's not pretty and the legislature is not going to like it and the public is not going to like it," he said. "But we're also going to say, 'tell us what you think is a better way to do it. Give us your ideas, give us your suggestions.' We don't claim to corner the market on good ideas or ways to address this."

Dardenne said they will give them the worst case scenario budget and then offer a plan to avoid using it. That plan will include tax increases that may be hard for some legislators to stomach or get passed their constituents.

Republican legislators are a key group that Gov. John Bel Edward's administration will need to have on their side in order to get certain tax measures adopted.

Dardenne criticized State Treasurer John Kennedy's list of suggested cuts, but didn't offer any specific programs that may need to be cut in order to save the state some money.

"The legislature will have the truth, the honest budget that is not based upon fabricated revenues that are not there or on revenues that we know are not going to materialize," Dardenne said.

Most of this will need to be settled in the upcoming special session. By law, taxes can't be handled in this year's regular session.

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