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