David Vitter says he’s ‘disappointed’ in Gov. John Bel Edwards' 'scare tactics' _lowres

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., speaks at a campaign stop for Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., at VFW Post 5951 in Bossier City, La. In a governor's race that has often hinged on character more than policy, Louisiana's big business organizations see stark contrasts between Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards and have thrown their support to Vitter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

U.S. Sen. David Vitter apparently isn’t impressed by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ handling of the state budget.

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Advocate file photo: U.S. Sen. David Vitter (right) and then-state Rep. John Bel Edwards (left).

Vitter, a Republican, lost the November governor’s race to Democrat Edwards, who took 65 percent of the vote. But he’s not backing off of the kind of criticism that defined last fall’s bitter gubernatorial battle, recently taking aim at Edwards’ handling of the state budget crisis.

“I think like most citizens, I am disappointed by the scare tactics that are being used these past weeks. Hopefully the legislature will discard all of that and deal with things responsibly and not keep scaring people with TOPS and LSU football which is ridiculous,” Vitter told KSLA.

The state is facing a $900 billion shortfall in the budget that ends June 30 and an additional $2 billion shortfall for the following year. Edwards has called the state Legislature into a special session through March 9 to sort out the budget crisis and has proposed a slate of tax hikes to bring in more revenue to fill the gap.

The newly-sworn-in governor recently took to television airwaves to tell Louisiana residents about the dire situation, warning that things are so bad that LSU football may be at risk.