Your frank guide to Louisiana governor elections

Elissa Todd, Contributing Writer

If you have been watching television at all over the past month or so, you have seen your fair share of campaign ads sponsoring (or smearing) the candidates for governor of Louisiana.

Since Tulane’s student body is well-known to be geographically diverse and not from Louisiana, the majority of students do not know enough about the candidates to cast an educated vote come election day on Nov. 21. This is a brief outline of what you need to know before casting your ballot.

The Louisiana gubernatorial election actually already took place on Oct. 24. Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter won the largest shares of votes during this election, but neither of them won an outright majority.

Louisiana is under the blanket primary system, meaning that all of the candidates for governor run against each other in the gubernatorial election and if no candidate wins an outright majority, then the top two candidates compete in a run-off election, which is the election that is coming up next Saturday.

John Bel Edwards (D)

Louisiana State Representative

David Vitter (R)

U.S. State Senator (Louisiana)

Budget

Supports increases in spending on:

  -Higher education

  -K-12 education

  -Law enforcement/corrections

Taxes

Supports flatter tax code

Supports increase in the minimum wage

Supports lowering taxes to promote economic growth

Crime and public safety

Supports enforcing federal immigration laws with state/local police

Education

Does not support Common Core

Environment

Supports state funding for development of renewable energy

Healthcare

Supports Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)

Top Priorities

1) Address structural budget problems through expanding healthcare and capping a portion of tax giveaways in Louisiana in order to stimulate the economy

2) Reinvest in higher education and end the double-digit tuition increases every year

3) Address the backlog of transportation and infrastructure projects.

Budget

Supports increases in spending on:

  -Education

Supports decreases in spending on:

  -Medical research/public health

  -Transportation/infrastructure

Taxes

Decrease all family income taxes

Decrease retiree income

Eliminate capital gains taxes

Decrease alcohol, cigarette, corporate taxes

Eliminate inheritance taxes

Crime and Public Safety

Supports capital punishment

Supports increasing border security to stop flow of illegal drugs into U.S.

Education

Supports allowing parents to use vouchers to send children to public or private schools

Supports federal tax incentives to help families save for college

Environment

Supports increased development of traditional energy resources

Encourages further development and use of alternative fuels

Healthcare

Believes healthcare is not a federal responsibility

Top Priorities

1) Building jobs in Louisiana with tax cuts to encourage job growth

2) Make quality healthcare more affordable

3) Protect Social Security Trust fund from being spent on other programs.

Elisabeth Todd is a freshman at Newcomb-Tulane College. She can be contacted at [email protected]