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Gov. John Bel Edwards (2016)

The Press Club



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Speech

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-05-09

Duration: 00:29:33

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Edwards, John Bel | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2016 | Louisiana. Office of State Inspector General | CAPITAL OUTLAY | Health Care | Hospitals | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker


A speech by Governor John Bel Edwards before the Baton Rouge Press Club on May 9, 2016. He discusses: the remaining $600 million state budget deficit; his expectation to call a second Special Session of the Legislature in June (at the end of the current 2016 Regular Session); and the cuts in the current state budget. He also answers questions from the audience on the following topics: a bill separating the budget for the Attorney General’s Office from the General Appropriations bill; an amendment to the budget that eliminates all funding for the Office of the Inspector General; the capital outlay budget; the rail projects under consideration; the progress of a task force looking at long-term structural budget and tax reform; the funding for the state’s safety net hospitals; and his opposition to a single governing board in higher education.