LA Governor, Attorney General Sit Down To Talk Budget Dispute

BATON ROUGE (AP) — After feuding over budget and contract issues, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry have had a face-to-face meeting to hash out some of their disagreements.

         It wasn't clear what, if anything, was accomplished in the hour-long Friday meeting between the Democratic governor and Republican attorney general. Both men planned to discuss the meeting with reporters later in the afternoon.

         As he exited the governor's office, Landry said he was happy with the sit-down, adding: "I think we made some progress."

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         The meeting was called after the Edwards administration stalled two of Landry's budget requests and lawmakers urged the two statewide elected officials to work out the disagreement.

         But Edwards and Landry also have been at odds over contracts that the attorney general's office has refused to approve.

         – by AP Reporter Melinda Deslatte

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