Gov. Edwards approaches 100 days in office

Governor John Bel Edwards (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Governor John Bel Edwards has plenty to cheer about now that his first 100 days in office are nearly complete.

Edwards achieved at least one goal he set out to accomplish by expanding Medicaid. Two of his priorities are also raising the state minimum wage and equal pay for men and women.

The Louisiana Equal Pay Act has passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives.

Political analyst Jim Engster said Edwards has done much of what he intended to do, but there’s still a big challenge ahead of him with the state budget.

“The governor in his first hundred days has addressed the budget, but he’s done some things that not even he liked but he had to do them,” Engster said. “He had to raise taxes to get the funds to make the government work, now he wants structural reform, the question is whether or not he can do that with a Republican legislature.”

Engster said solving the budget problem will be a difficult task, made even harder by a conservative legislature.

“With every conversion of the budget, there’s somebody who gets hurt, and they don’t like it and they make noise. The question is whether or not lawmakers, and the governor, can accept the grief that comes with making substantive changes,” Engster said.

Moving forward, Engster said voters should expect Edwards to be an active governor, but how much he gets done will depend on well he can work
with lawmakers.

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