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John Bel Edwards urges business leaders to make suggestions

1 year 10 months 21 hours ago Friday, December 18 2015 Dec 18, 2015 December 18, 2015 2:53 PM December 18, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's next governor asked business leaders in New Orleans to offer advice, especially when they disagree with him, as he prepares to deal with a state budget crisis.

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards got a friendly reception Friday as he spoke to a luncheon crowd during the annual meeting of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

But he acknowledged that many in the room likely didn't share his party affiliation. He's a Democrat in a mostly Republican-friendly state. 

Edwards, who takes office Jan. 11, promised an open administration and urged chamber members to approach him with suggestions.

The governor-elect described deep budget problems facing the state, including cash flow shortages, an impending shortfall that Edwards said could reach $1.6 billion and his desire to shield higher education from further budget cuts.

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