Why does Gov. John Bel Edwards only follow the rules when they suit him?

"When the state’s rules haven’t suited his political agenda, he has tried end runs around them."

Hoping to impose even more tax hikes on the people of Louisiana, Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards is trying to change the rules to suit his liberal political agenda.

In a new column for The Advocate, Jeff Sadow accuses Edwards of pursuing a “create-a-crisis strategy” in order “to bring higher taxes on Louisianans” by disregarding state laws and flouting key statutes. Sadow contends that Edwards is manipulating the state’s budget process to pave the way for tax increases, writing “when the rules facilitated Edwards’ agenda, he followed them; when they didn’t, he didn’t.”

Already having broken his pledge to not raise taxes on the people of Louisiana, Edwards now appears to be ignoring state laws so that he can keep forcing working families to foot the bill for his big government agenda. Louisianans can’t afford a second term for John Bel Edwards.

When Gov. John Bel Edwards ignored the law recently, he jettisoned principle as well.

From the start of his term, Democrat Edwards has practiced executive overreach. When the state’s rules haven’t suited his political agenda, he has tried end runs around them.

That didn’t work in two separate instances involving state contracting. Once, he tried to mandate qualifications needed by contractors that weren't present under law. Another time, he tried to sidestep required contract approval by the attorney general, Republican Jeff Landry.

Landry intervened both times, and the judiciary slapped down Edwards on each occasion. But last month, Edwards may have gotten away with flouting a statute that he's followed in the past. This time, though, it didn't suit him.

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