Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill passed by the legislature in the special session that would’ve cut the budgets of five boards. Among those who would’ve seen their budgets cut are the Louisiana State Police and the Superdome commission.
Here’s the Times-Pic:
The House voted 99-1 to keep Edwards’ vetoes of five budget cuts contained in House Bill 122 made by the Louisiana Legislature two weeks ago. Only Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, opposed keeping Edwards’ vetoes in place.
House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, said he had a better understanding about why the governor rejected five of the Legislature’s budget cuts after chatting with Edwards Wednesday (March 23). Henry, who sponsored the bill with the vetoes, had been considering moving forward with some veto overrides before talking to the governor.
The veto override effort also always looked like it was going to be an uphill battle. Such actions are rare in Louisiana. The Legislature has only voted to override the A governor’s veto twice in the modern history of the state.
Two-thirds of both chambers also need to vote for the overrides to pass. But the state Senate leadership had no interest in overturning the governor’s decisions, and even House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, said the prospect of veto overrides looked grim Tuesday.
“I would be surprised if that was overridden,” Barras said. “I’m not hearing that we have the 70 votes to override.”
Kudos to our buddy Alan Seabaugh for standing strong with the taxpayers of Louisiana on this.
Ask yourself this, what would have State Rep. John Bel Edwards done in this case? He would’ve demanded a vote and at least a serious attempt to override the veto. But Henry and Barras laid down like a couple of whipped dogs on this because Senate President John Alario was backing Edwards. The taxpayers of Louisiana deserved their representatives fighting for them in order to restrain the size of Louisiana government.
This is the big difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats see defeat as only a minor setback and still keep fighting. Republicans accept their defeat and don’t revisit the issue. That’s why the left always advances their agenda and conservatives don’t.
John Bel Edwards is making a mess of the state. It would be nice if Republicans were actually willing to clean it up.