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Governor-elect has short time to build new administration

5 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, December 01 2015 Dec 1, 2015 December 01, 2015 3:20 PM December 01, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards faces a daunting task in the fewer than 50 days between winning his election and taking office Jan. 11.

He must piece together an administration, pick the people who will lead a dozen state departments and devise an agenda for a state awash in financial problems - while also raising the money to pay for the entire transition operation.

The transition period from election victory to governing may be the most high-intensity, yet least understood part of an administration, when a team and its policies are created largely from scratch.

Terry Ryder, a lawyer who worked on the 1995 transition of Republican former Gov. Mike Foster, described it as a "multi-dimensional chess game and you've got to play all levels at the same time."

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