Governor John Bel Edwards has put together a special web page to solicit public input on how to handle the state’s budget crisis. The governor’s director of communications Richard Carbo explains that the purpose of the site is to inform the public and get suggestions from citizens.
"One of the initiatives that we put out this week was kind of not only a frequently asked questions webpage but also an opportunity for citizens to provide their feedback,” Carbo said.
The site can be found at gov.louisiana.gov. Governor Edwards has made several suggestions for stabilizing the budget, which is facing a 750 million dollar shortfall this fiscal year and 1-point-9 billion dollars next fiscal year. Carbo emphasizes the importance of public involvement and encourages people to contact their legislator.
“So it's important for everyone to get involved, to stay involved, to call their legislatures, call the governor's office and give us your feedback,” Carbo said.
The website features a form that allows people to ask additional questions about the state budget. Carbo says that the Governor’s Office will do it’s best to answer all the questions submitted through the website.
“We're gonna do our best to respond to them, you know, as quickly as possible. And if we're not the best people to answer them, get you to the appropriate agency to provide some information,” Carbo said.
A special session to address the state’s budget issues is set to begin Sunday.