Gov. John Bel Edwards

Wallis Watkins

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off the regular session Monday with a state-of-the-state address. He touted accomplishments from his first two years in office, such as chipping away at the backlog of infrastructure projects, a low unemployment rate and bipartisan criminal justice reform. 

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The state Legislature is back at work today. Just one week after ending a rocky special session, Gov. John Bel Edwards used his State of the State address to urge lawmakers to work together and move forward.

St. Joe H2O

Jan 26, 2018
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This is a happy ending story. "Thank you, for the citizens of St. Joseph," Mayor Elvadus Fields said to the Fiscal Review Committee on Thursday.

Not Doomsday, Critics Say

Jan 25, 2018
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Remember this fable from childhood?

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling! A piece of it just hit me on the head!”

Critics and opponents of the governor are saying the so-called “doomsday budget” proposal released earlier this week amounts to “Chicken Little” tactics.

'Not In Our State's Best Interest'

Jan 23, 2018
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“What you have before you are a list of cuts that we should not make. They are not in our state’s best interest,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said as he presented his proposed budget for the next fiscal year to the Joint Budget Committee Monday. As required by the state constitutional requirement for a balanced budget, the proposal reduces state spending by $994 million.

'Doomsday' Budget Debuts Today

Jan 22, 2018
Sue Lincoln

Gov. John Bel Edwards presents the executive budget for the upcoming fiscal year to lawmakers this morning.

 

"The budget proposal will be in balance," Edwards states. "It will be premised upon give-or-take a billion dollars less next year than this year. And those cuts are horrific."

Governor Looks Toward Regular Session

Jan 19, 2018
Sue Lincoln

The looming fiscal cliff has dominated talks between lawmakers and the administration, but there is a regular (non-fiscal) legislative session starting in less than two months. What’s on the governor’s agenda for that?

College Apps Up, Even With Funding In Doubt

Jan 11, 2018
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By one measure, you could say business is booming for Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

“LSU is experiencing right now a 28-percent increase in terms of students who are seeking admission next year, in-state. It’s more than 50-percent increase for out-of-state students,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told the Baton Rouge Press Club this week.

Sue Lincoln

When Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, the main topic was no surprise: he talked about the fiscal cliff, and his proposal to fix it.

Cliff Plan: Sound Familiar?

Jan 4, 2018
Sue Lincoln

Just 15 days remain until Gov. John Bel Edwards’ self-imposed deadline for legislative leaders to agree on a fix for the fiscal cliff.

 

“Jan. 19 — the day we present our executive budget proposal," he says is the last day for an agreement, in order to call a special session prior to the March 12 start of the regular legislative session.

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