BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Given the fiscal mess that our state was in at the end of Governor Bobby Jindal's second term, it was a bit surprising that anyone wanted to be the state's next governor. As we arrive at the end of the first 100 days in office for Governor John Bel Edwards, it's fair to ask how he has done in terms of meeting the challenge. We think it's an OK start. He and his administration helped frame the immediate financial problems and the Republican-controlled legislature approved spending cuts and tax increases to get us through the immediate crisis.
Now, Governor Edwards has stepped forward again with a painful list of budget cuts that will be required in the next fiscal year without legislative intervention. We'll soon see how that goes. The real test of Edwards' leadership skills will not be measured by his first 100 days. The bigger question is does he have the vision, the political skill and the will to help orchestrate a more permanent solution to the state's budget problems. Let's hope the answer's yes.
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