Edwards says tariffs slowing Louisiana's economic growth
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says President Donald Trump's tariffs, used in trade disputes with other countries, are causing "pain" for Louisiana's agricultural and petrochemical industries.
The Democratic governor typically refrains from criticizing the Republican president. But Edwards blamed the tariffs Thursday for new federal numbers that showed personal income growth in Louisiana slowed to among the lowest rates in the nation in the latest quarter.
But the governor still described Louisiana's economic picture as positive at his end-of-the-year news conference. He talked of stabilizing the state's revenue picture with legislative passage of a seven-year sales tax renewal and winning praise from national credit rating agencies.
Edwards is seeking a second term in the 2019 election. He faces two Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.
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