BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Faith and community leaders are calling on Gov. John Bel Edwards to address what they call an inadequate tax structure.
Together Louisiana met Monday afternoon at Mount Zion Baptist Church to launch a statewide initiative to ask elected officials to stop kicking the can down the road and instead start solving the state's money problems.
The governor blamed eight years of corporate tax exemptions for a significant increase in education and healthcare.
Edwards said state lawmakers are working hard to resolve Louisiana's financial crisis and pave the way for a more solid future.
"I promise you everybody interested in preserving the status quo is already doing that," Edwards said. "So we start off behind. We need people to engage, be knowledgeable, be respectful, be persistent."
The governor said if that happens Louisiana will be on a path to comprehensive tax reform by next year.