Edwards, Landry join together to fight opioid epidemic
Posted on 2/20/2018 1:35:00 PM.
Attorney General Jeff Landry and Governor John Bel Edwards have agreed to coordinate efforts to bring litigation against opioid manufacturers, who they feel are responsible for the epidemic that’s claiming hundreds of Louisianans lives every year.
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U.S. Rep. Abraham says Edwards suffers from a 'lack of trust'
Posted on 2/20/2018 3:49:00 AM.

North Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham made no bones about his intentions to take a hard look at running for Governor. On the day when Governor John Bel Edwards took center stage at the capitol and opened the special legislative session, Abraham decided to take a swipe at his potential opponent while speaking to the Baton Rouge Press club.
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Edwards calls for bipartisan grand bargain in legislature
Posted on 2/19/2018 6:34:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the legislature, calling on the state’s governing body to put party politics aside to fix the impending fiscal cliff that triggers July 1st after a series of sales taxes expire. If no deal is struck, TOPS, higher Ed, and healthcare would see massive cuts. Edwards says it’s time to put party aside for the future of the state.
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Legislative leaders plan for February special session
Posted on 2/11/2018 7:00:00 AM.

GOP and Democratic leadership are optimistic that the February special session will end with a deal in place to fill the one billion dollar budget gap resulting from the expiration of sales taxes in July. The session will begin February 19th, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Gene Reynolds says the two sides are getting close on an agreement.

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Gov. Edwards' reports five million dollar campaign war chest
Posted on 2/1/2018 3:42:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has five million dollars in his reelection war chest at the midway point of his term. The fundraising numbers from his annual campaign finance report, combined with his high favorability ratings, give the governor a strong starting position heading into the 2019 governor’s race.
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Sen Kennedy proposes a way to finance major construction projects, Governor Edwards calls it unrealistic
Posted on 2/1/2018 12:53:00 PM.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy has proposed a way to finance large infrastructure projects like a new Jimmie Davis Bridge in Shreveport, widening I-10 in New Orleans and finishing the Comite River Diversion Canal, a flood control project for the Baton Rouge area. Kennedy says the state can generate 150-million dollars, if it leverages noncash securities held by the state’s Unclaimed Property Division.
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House Republicans provide Governor Edwards with spending cut proposals
Posted on 1/30/2018 6:28:00 PM.
Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras provides Governor John Bel Edwards with budget cutting proposals as part of the negotiations to solve a nearly billion dollar shortfall. House Republican delegation chairman Lance Harris says in an effort to reduce health care spending, so they would like to see work requirements for certain people who receive Medicaid.
 
"Something very important, other states have tried it and it's starting to work out very well," Barras said. 
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Governor proposes budget that cuts health care, higher education and TOPS
Posted on 1/22/2018 12:56:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards presented what he called his worst-case-scenario budget today, showcasing the impact that a billion dollar loss in state funding would have on many popular programs. The loss is a result of the impending expiration of a one cent sales tax this summer. Edwards says he is constitutionally limited to cutting money from two areas.

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Fiscal cliff agreement unlikely before Friday
Posted on 1/16/2018 4:36:00 AM.

Reports indicate that it is increasingly unlikely that House legislators and Governor John Bel Edwards will come to a fiscal cliff agreement before a Friday deadline. The deadline was set by the Governor, who was hoping to enter into a February special session with an agreement in principle to fill the one billion dollar budget shortfall. Edwards says delaying the fiscal cliff decision could be damaging.

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Governor Edwards asks President Trump to protect Louisiana's medical marijuana laws
Posted on 1/9/2018 12:52:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to President Trump asking him to defend Louisiana's ability to offer medical marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has requested a federal mandate that protects a state's legal medical marijuana activity to be reversed.
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