Gov. Edwards deeply disappointed in special session accomplishme - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Gov. Edwards deeply disappointed in special session accomplishments

Governor John Bel Edwards (Source: WAFB) Governor John Bel Edwards (Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

In a news conference immediately following the close of the special session on Wednesday, the governor said he is deeply disappointed by the progress of Louisiana lawmakers. 

"We could have done better. It is not a good day for the state of Louisiana," Gov. John Bel Edwards said. "We didn't do a very good job over these last three weeks and thank goodness I gave them the extra four days because it seemed like they needed every single minute to get where we are."

Through a patchwork of cuts, one-time fixes and tax increases, legislators were able to shave down the current year's budget shortfall to $30 million. However, next year's budget gap, while not at the original $2 billion, remains a staggering $800 million short. 
 
The governor blames a lack of urgency among lawmakers.

"Too much complacency, too much of a lackadaisical attitude and quite frankly I'll go back to where I was last week. We have too many members who refuse to lead, to follow or get out of the way," Edwards added.

Some like Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, who witnessed the work firsthand point to other issues for sluggish performance. 

"A lot of newbies," Smith said. "A lot of new individuals who came in here who I guess decided that they would not see any new revenue come into the state and unfortunately they're hurting their own people."

With the special session in the books, the governor vowed the work to fix the state's finances was far from finished.

"I am committed as ever as governor to make sure that I continue to work so that we can take care of the people's business," Edwards said. 
 
The work continues Monday with the start of the regular session. 

Edwards said he hopes lawmakers will come to the table with a more unified and focused attitude.

Copyright 2016 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Inside WAFBMore>>

  • Louisiana Budget Crisis

    Louisiana Budget Crisis

    Louisiana is facing budget shortfall of more than $900 million for the fiscal year ending June 30 and a $2 billion deficit for the fiscal year after, prompting newly sworn-in Gov. John Bel Edwards to call for a special session of the legislature to address the issue. 

    More >>

    Louisiana is facing budget shortfall of more than $900 million for the fiscal year ending June 30 and a $2 billion deficit for the fiscal year after, prompting newly sworn-in Gov. John Bel Edwards to call for a special session of the legislature to address the issue. Click here for special coverage.

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:43 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:43:22 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>
  • In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-05-19 05:10:39 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:05:44 GMT
    (Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...(Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    More >>

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    More >>
  • Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-05-19 12:49:30 GMT
    Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

    More >>

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly