John Bel Edwards Struggles To Defend His Liberal Record

Get the facts on Edwards’ record, one that is marked by a weak economy and massive tax increases...

The RGA reports:

During last night’s first gubernatorial debate, Louisianans watched as liberal Democrat John Bel Edwards attempted to explain away his failed record in office. Typical of politician who has a weak record to run on, Edwards engaged in misleading campaign spin while the Republicans on stage offered a stark contrast, promoting a pro-growth vision for moving Louisiana forward.

Below are the facts on Edwards’ record, one that is marked by a weak economy and massive tax increases:

CLAIM:  Edwards: “The idea we’ve done anything other than grow and strengthen the economy is just false.”

FACT: Despite a booming national economy, Louisiana has lagged behind the rest of the country.

FACT: While Governor Edwards may call the decision to expand Medicaid the “easiest decision” he’s made, the expansion was rushed, and rampant waste, fraud, and abuse prompted a federal probe.

  • The Advocate: “Louisiana Medicaid Audit Suggests Possible Wide-Spread Misspending, Prompts Federal Probe”
  • Tens of thousands of individuals were receiving healthcare benefits they did not qualify for, and up to $85 million in taxpayer dollars may have been wasted by the Edwards administration.

CLAIM: Edwards: “I don’t agree that we should cut taxes until we know that we won’t go back into a structural budget deficit.”

FACT: Governor Edwards has proven that he is a serial taxer, who is not interested in cutting taxes – he pushed through the largest tax increase in Louisiana history.

FACT: Governor Edwards has proposed steep cuts to higher education and higher education scholarship programs.

  • This year, Governor Edwards proposed “devastating cuts” to higher education.
  • Governor Edwards hasproposedsteepcuts to the TOPS program every single year he has been in office.

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