"I'm a little more confident today on it, I'm not going to say I'm fully confident for some strange reason we were in Day 7 of a 14-day season before the Appropriations Chairman chose to file an appropriations bill and so, but there is time to move it, but there is no time to waste,” said the governor when answering reporters’ questions after delivering a speech at an event focused on coastal issues in Louisiana.
"If you take that money and include it in the budget there is still about a $30-million dollar cut to the TOPS Program, about a $30-million dollar cut to higher education, but we're not funding the corrections system, we're not funding DCFS so that they can take care of our foster children, there are still not funding for sheriffs that house our inmates,” said Edwards.
And Governor Edwards stressed that the budget he would like to see ultimately approved by state lawmakers during this special session would fully fund state hospitals like University Medical Center in New Orleans. Recently, the hospital held a press conference to express concerns about possible deep budget cuts and the consequences that would result.
"Certainly, there's a chance but I hope it's unlikely, I think it's unlikely. There won't be another option available to us in yet another special session that isn't available to us now and we have the time between now and midnight on Monday,” said Gov. Edwards.