Jay Dardenne

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“We’re trying to get away from having consistent midyear cuts, which, as of right now, the only way I can think of doing it is not appropriating all of the money,” House Appropriations chair Cameron Henry said, as he called for his committee to approve what he referred to as a “standstill” budget, spending just 97.5% of the revenue forecast for the next fiscal year.

Sue Lincoln

What began as a legislative preview seminar at the LSU Law School morphed into a philosophy lesson when lawmakers were asked, “How do you balance wants and needs in budgeting policy?”


“Unfortunately there’s no rest for the weary,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Joint Budget Committee Thursday.  “We start today looking at the challenges we face for the next fiscal year.”

Just one day after ending a special session to address the shortfall in the current budget, Dardenne was presenting the governor’s proposal for the next budget.


“I don’t understand. In my world, a deficit is the difference between your revenue and your expenses.”

State budget shortfalls are complicated, even for Senator Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell), who sits on the Finance Committee.

“Can you articulate for me in layman’s terms?” Hewitt asks.

With some help from Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, we’ll try.

According to Louisiana’s Constitution, during even-numbered years, like 2016, Legislators cannot introduce bills to create or raise taxes. That is, unless a special session is called, like the one expected to begin in mid-February. 

Sue Lincoln

We already know that in the next eighteen months, there is a $2.65 billion budget hole to fill. So how is the incoming administration planning to deal with it?

Sue Lincoln

Jay Dardenne, Governor-elect John Bel Edwards’ designee for Commissioner of Administration, held a press conference Wednesday, regarding the state budget.

“We are going to speak the truth, frankly and boldly: the situation is more dire than we thought it was. It is not pretty. It is not sugar-coated. It’s just the facts.”

Louisiana’s budget has an immensely deep hole, with the current budget now appearing to be another $750-million in the red.

S. Lincoln

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne made his position clear.

“I am a Republican. I have been a Republican since the early 1970s. I will remain a Republican,” the former gubernatorial candidate said Thursday morning. “But I also am someone who believes in voting for the person, not the party. Never is this more appropriate than it is in this election, which is why Cathy and I today announce our support of John Bel Edwards.”

Standing in “Free Speech Alley” on the campus of LSU, Dardenne crossed party lines to endorse the Democrat, setting up the potential for this “red” state to alter its shading.

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“We gave it a great effort. I would ask that you congratulate both John Bel Edwards and Senator Vitter, on moving forward,” Scott Angelle said, as he conceded the governor’s primary, after coming in third Saturday.

John Bel Edwards, who topped the voting with 40-percent, opened his arms – figuratively and literally – to Angelle and fourth-place finisher, Jay Dardenne.

“I’ve developed a true affection for Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle. They both ran tremendous races,” Edwards said to his supporters, who cheered in agreement.

All Over But the Voting

Oct 23, 2015

The final gubernatorial forum before tomorrow’s primary election was held Wednesday night at LSU. Most reports on the event zeroed in on David Vitter’s absence, coupled with Scott Angelle pointing to the videos posted last weekend by blogger Jason Brad Berry.

“I understand a serious sin,” Angelle said, after directing viewers to the website containing the videos. “It is now perhaps a lifestyle that we need to examine – a lifestyle that Louisiana cannot afford.”