LPB provided live coverage as Governor John Bel Edwards addresses the citizens of Louisiana, discussing the historic budget shortfall facing the state ahead of a special session of the Louisiana Legislature. The address from the Governor’s Office in the State Capitol aired statewide on LPB Thursday, February 11 at 6:30PM and was streamed on lpb.org/live.
"The challenges facing Louisiana are so severe, and the risk of doing nothing is so big, that it is important for me to outline these problems directly to the people," said Gov. Edwards. "I promised to be open and transparent with the people of Louisiana and give them the facts, and that's what I intend to do. There are some real consequences if we do not work together to solve the state's financial problems and I want to personally communicate them to the citizens of our state."
Gov. Edwards has called the legislature into a three-week special session beginning Sunday, Feb. 14. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Gov. Edwards' Administration will present the executive budget to the legislature.
The current budget gap, which must be filled by June 30, is an estimated $750 million. In addition, the budget gap for the next fiscal year that begins July 1 is estimated to be $1.9 billion, the largest deficit in Louisiana's history.