Gov Edwards: 'It looks more and more likely we'll have to have a special session'
Posted on 5/17/2017 4:41:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s disappointed at how far behind the legislature is in this fiscal session and it could mean another special session in the near future. Edwards says a tremendous amount of work needs to be done before this session ends on June 8. He says this is the best opportunity lawmakers have to resolve the state’s looming budget problems.
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Governor Edwards has issues with a House approved bill requiring a vote to remove a military monument
Posted on 5/17/2017 4:05:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says a bill that seeks to protect Confederate Monuments from being removed, as divisive and generating animosity among legislators. The measure passed the House on Monday. Black lawmakers staunchly oppose the proposal and the governor took notice of the passion that this legislation brought out during the debate.
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Agreement reached on criminal justice reform package
Posted on 5/16/2017 4:36:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards announces an agreement on a criminal justice reform package that seeks to lower the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. Edwards says the plan will reduce the state’s prison population over the next decade by 10 percent.
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Governor Edwards gave LSU's commencement address to the schools largest graduating class
Posted on 5/12/2017 11:38:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards gave the commencement address at LSU Friday, as the school is handing out a record 4,163 degrees. Edwards says this class also sets records for diversity.
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Governor Edwards income tax plan fails, will any tax bills pass?
Posted on 5/9/2017 7:18:00 PM.
Legislation backed by Governor John Bel Edwards’ that called for shifting the tax burden from individuals to businesses died in the House Ways and Means committee. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says it appears the Republican dominated legislature is not interested in overhauling the state’s tax structure.
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Legislature nearing the halfway point of the fiscal session
Posted on 5/7/2017 7:48:00 AM.
We’re nearing the halfway point of the legislative session, and the legislature still has a long way to go. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says lawmakers tend to be most productive as they get closer to a deadline. The session ends June 8th and Dubos says most of the work will likely get done in the final two weeks.
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US Rep Higgins urges Gov Edwards to protect monuments
Posted on 5/2/2017 2:53:00 AM.

Congressman Clay Higgins has sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards urging him to take action to keep Louisiana’s confederate monuments in place, after the Liberty Place monument in New Orleans was taken down under the cover of night. Higgins says this is something that has to be done at the state level.
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Gov Edwards calls on GOP leaders to propose their own tax plan
Posted on 4/25/2017 5:09:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards remains hopeful lawmakers can pass a budget plan to address the loss of $1.3 billion in temporary taxes that expire next year. Edwards spoke with reporters shortly after his proposed tax on business sales was tabled for the legislative session. Edwards says there are still multiple tax bills waiting to be discussed.
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Gov. Ewards set to release ad building support for his tax plan
Posted on 4/25/2017 3:24:00 AM.

It’s expected a 30 second commercial from Governor John Bel Edwards will hit the airwaves this week, promoting his budget plan. The governor is pushing a proposal to place a new tax on businesses while reducing individual income taxes. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says he doesn’t have much support from legislators.
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Governor Edwards would like to see Republicans plan to address the fiscal cliff
Posted on 4/21/2017 12:24:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards admits there's not much legislative support for his controversial Commercial Activity Tax, which would raise hundreds of millions dollars to help stave off a looming budget crisis. But Edwards says he's disappointed that an alternative plan hasn't been proposed by House Republican leaders.
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