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Gov. John Bel Edwards gives State of the State address

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

Gov. John Bel Edwards delivered the State of the State address Wednesday afternoon. The governor told the group gathered at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club that there is something he needs. 

"I spent a couple years going around the state asking for votes and prayers. I got enough votes, but for a governor inheriting the situation we inherited, you can never have enough prayers," Edwards said.

The governor reassured the crowd that the days of budget magic tricks are over, but what is behind the curtain may be hard for some. 

"I opted for a balanced approach of both of those things," Edwards said. "There are some folks who never want to raise revenue and they're not happy, and there are some folks who never want to cut a program and they're not happy, and I understand that."

And the coming cuts could be difficult, like the ones proposed to state agencies like the Department of Children and Family Services, an agency that is already understaffed and overwhelmed. 

Edwards said he sometimes wakes up at night thinking about the children who could be in danger. However, Edwards said a lot of this can be worked out if legislators start working. 

"If you're not willing to raise revenue and you're in the legislatures, stand up and announce the cuts that you're supporting to close the gap. Nobody did that," Edwards said. 

The governor said the state could be in a while lot better shape and he believes it will get there, but it is going to take time and sacrifice. 

"Let's be Louisianans first for a while," Edwards said. "We can get back to being Republicans and Democrats in plenty of time before the next election, and that's going to happen, I understand that, but let's be Louisianans first and fix our problems."

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