Posted: Sep 19, 2011 5:40 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Sep 19, 2011 6:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Governor Edwin Edwards spoke at the Press Club Monday about Louisiana's economy and the state of the country.
At 84-years-old former governor Edwin Edwards, who spent nearly nine years in federal prison, still commands a lot of attention.
"They sent me to prison for life and I came back with a wife," said Edwards.
The former governor suggested changes to two Louisiana industries, gambling and oil production, in order to help the state get its finances in better shape.
"Gambling creates about $600 million in tax revenue for the state and over 50,000 jobs and brings a number of tourists to the state," said Edwards.
He also proposed a $5 surcharge be added to each barrel of oil that comes out of the ground in the state, which he claimed would get rid of Louisiana's more than $5 billion debt in four years.
Edwards cannot hold public office because of his conviction, and said that's fine with him. He said while he has ideas about how to better run the state and country, but has no desire to be elected again.