Jay Dardenne

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.

courtesy: Dayne Sherman

“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.