Governor candidates: More work needed on state budget, taxes

Three of the major candidates running to be Louisiana’s next governor said while lawmakers patched together next year’s budget, they didn’t make the structural fixes needed to stop repeated shortfalls.

Republicans Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne and Democrat John Bel Edwards said making changes to the state’s tax structure and ending cycles of financial problems would be among their top priorities if elected.

The men spoke Wednesday at a gubernatorial candidate forum in the New Orleans suburbs.

All three contenders said they also would seek to revamp the state’s construction budgeting process to steer more money to highway repairs and port upgrades.

The race’s front-runner, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, had been scheduled to participate. But his spokesman said Vitter had to stay in Washington for a defense spending vote.

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