Louisiana attorney general: Edwards' budget proposal illegal

March 23, 2019 - 1:24 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's attorney general says Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget proposal for next year violates the state constitution.

Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry issued his legal opinion Friday, in his latest dust-up with the Democratic governor.

A legal opinion doesn't carry the force of law. But it could be used as the foundation for a lawsuit, if House Republican leader Lance Harris, who requested the opinion, or another GOP lawmaker decided to challenge the governor in court.

House Republican leaders blocked income forecast changes recommended by nonpartisan economists and sought by the governor. The last financial forecast was adopted in June, without the improved expectations of economists and without billions that agencies expect to receive from revenue sources.

Edwards gave lawmakers a budget proposal assuming the money will eventually be recognized.

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