Edwards Allies Discuss 2019 Governor's Race
Posted on 7/11/2018 7:52:00 PM.

With the race for the governor’s mansion just fifteen months away, allies of Governor John Bel Edwards are discussing the variables of the campaign trail, laying out their pitch for voters.
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Louisiana rolls out new website to track government spending
Posted on 7/1/2018 7:25:00 AM.

With much of the recent attention on funding Louisiana’s budget, the state is making upgrades to the way residents can keep a better eye on how tax dollars are spent as they roll out the Louisiana Checkbook.

The website, which launches Monday, is the product of the work of the administration of Governor John Bel Edwards.  Policy Director at the Division of Administration, Jacques Berry, says the state government prioritizes the idea of transparency.
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Governor Edwards Addresses New Incarceration Numbers
Posted on 6/28/2018 8:04:00 PM.

Louisiana is no longer leading the nation for incarcerations. That distinction is now locked up by Oklahoma. Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the latest research that showed the numbers indicating prison populations are going down in the state.
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Governor John Bel Edwards, Prisons, Fiscal Year

Dardenne: New sales tax bill finally gives our budget stability
Posted on 6/27/2018 5:00:00 AM.

Since 2016, the state legislature has battled huge budget deficits, but the Edwards’ administration now says we can look forward to financial stability over the next seven years. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the legislature’s decision to renew a portion of an expiring one-cent sales tax will give the state a stable revenue source.
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Governor Edwards' third special session hopes to end with a budget solution
Posted on 6/18/2018 10:49:00 AM.
The powerful lobbying group, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, says the third special session must end with a solution that solves the state’s budget problems. LABI President Stephen Waguespack says it seems lawmakers are close to finalizing at least a portion of the one-cent sales tax that expires June 30th.
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2018's Third Special Session Preview
Posted on 6/16/2018 10:24:00 AM.

Eyes across the state are on the kick off of the third special session. Governor John Bel Edwards was 7 votes away from closing in on his wishes to renew a half-cent sales tax in the most recent special session, so now the attention has been turned toward legislators whose votes can tip the scales to approving a definitive tax plan.
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US Senator Kennedy asks Governor Edwards to pass the budget crisis to someone else
Posted on 6/12/2018 2:46:00 PM.

US Senator John Kennedy is calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to step down due to his handling of the state’s fiscal cliff. Kennedy, who is reportedly readying up a run for the Governor’s Mansion, says the legislature’s inability to find a long-term solution to the budget crisis come down to a lack of leadership from Edwards. The Republican called for the Lt. Governor to take over the state.
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Governor Edwards calls for a third special session in hopes of fixing the fiscal cliff
Posted on 6/11/2018 10:49:00 AM.

The third special session of 2018 will begin a week from today and must end June 27th. Governor John Bel Edwards is still looking for a fix to the fiscal cliff. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo says after the legislature failed to replace a large portion of the 1.4 billion dollars in temporary taxes that expire June 30th, they had no choice but to give it one more shot.
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Edwards signs nursing home camera bill into law
Posted on 6/1/2018 11:38:00 AM.

Governor Edwards signed River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s nursing home camera bill, as it breezed through the legislature. The law allows families to place remotely accessible cameras in their loved ones nursing home rooms for monitoring. Talbot says before you rush to grab that grandma cam, you need to talk to their roommate.

“If your loved one has a roommate you have to get consent from that roommate. If they’re in a private room by themselves there’s no issue.”
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Governor Edwards signs legislation aimed to reduce prescription drug prices
Posted on 5/31/2018 2:00:00 PM.

The governor is signing legislation by New Iberia Senator Fred Mills that’s aimed at pushing down drug prices by requiring prescription benefit plans (that prescription card in your wallet) inform consumers when they get rebates from drug manufactures. Mills says before, your drug plan could hide those rebates and pocket money that should have been going back to you. 
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Governor John Bel Edwards, prescription drugs, Medicaid

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