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BATON ROUGE - When he was a candidate, John Bel Edwards said Louisiana's cabinet secretaries were paid too much by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, calling the salaries "exorbitant."

But since he moved into the governor's office, Edwards has kept most of those salaries in place. And in some instances, he boosted them further, according to payroll data and pay rate announcements reviewed by The Associated press.

Edwards is paying leaders of two executive branch agencies more than they received under Jindal. And the governor has kept most other cabinet secretary salaries intact, though some were criticized as excessive when Jindal hired at those rates.

Top advisers in the governor's office are getting higher paychecks as well, with more six-figure salaries for Edwards' executive staff than Jindal paid.

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