28-billion dollar budget featuring cuts to colleges and TOPS heads to the governor
Posted on 5/17/2018 1:34:00 PM.

The House has sent a 28-billion dollar budget to Governor John Bel Edwards, that fully funds healthcare, but slashes higher ed, funding for state agencies, and cuts TOPS by 30%. But it's likely the governor will not sign the spending plan of the cuts just mentioned.

House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the budget they approved identifies what programs need to be funded with revenue raised in a special session. 
Budget, Governor John Bel Edwards, legislation, Robert Johnson, Cameron Henry

Governor Edwards addresses U.S. Supreme Court decision on sports betting on monthly talk show
Posted on 5/17/2018 12:00:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the recent US Supreme Court decision to allow sports betting outside of Nevada on his monthly talk radio show. 32 states have legislation in place to allow the activities, including Mississippi, but Louisiana shot down similar legislation this session. Edwards didn’t oppose the idea.

Governor John Bel Edwards, U.S. Supreme Court, Sports Betting

Governor Edwards supports the 15 week abortion ban and unanimous juries
Posted on 5/16/2018 5:06:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards held his monthly talk show, where he touched on a series of legislative topics, such as the 15 week abortion ban, a deal to renew Harrah’s state contract, and the surprise success of a unanimous jury bill. Edwards took the opportunity to reiterate his support for the 15 week abortion ban, a rarity for a prominent Democratic official.



Governor John Bel Edwards, Abortion Ban, Jury Trial Amendment

15 week abortion ban bill is close to final passage
Posted on 5/15/2018 5:00:00 PM.

The House passed a 15 week abortion ban bill with amendments on a 78-9 vote, clearing one of the last hurdles before it arrives on the Governor’s desk for his likely approval. The Senate has already approved one version of the legislation. Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says the legislation’s enactment is contingent on the results of a legal challenge to a similar bill in Mississippi.

15 Week Abortion Ban, Representative Valarie Hodges, Governor John Bel Edwards

State leaders spar over the Governor's decision to mail program cancellation letters
Posted on 5/15/2018 10:58:00 AM.
The Edwards administration and GOP legislators continue to exchange barbs over the decision to mail cancellation warnings to 37,000 Medicaid patients. Lafayette Republican Nancy Landry blamed the Medicaid budget cuts on John Bel Edwards.
Medicaid, State Budget Cuts, Nancy Laundry, Governor John Bel Edwards

Governor Edwards endorses a statewide collaborative effort aimed at anti-cancer strategies
Posted on 5/11/2018 4:40:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards endorsed a statewide anti-cancer initiative called “Taking aim at Cancer in Louisiana.” The goal is to improve early detection, improving patient care and treatment, an ultimately improve patient outcomes.

“Patients and their families and future patients receive the most benefit when we can work together, learn from one another and pursue a better strategy,” said Edwards. 
Governor John Bel Edwards, United Health Foundation, Louisiana Cancer Research Center

Governor Edwards assails legislators who criticized him for sending nursing home eviction warnings
Posted on 5/10/2018 2:43:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards punched back against lawmakers who criticized his decision to mail nursing home eviction warnings resulting from a potential Medicaid cut, and who are stalling on approving the $648 million in revenue needed to fund healthcare and TOPS.

Governor John Bel Edwards, budget crisis, Louisiana budget

Governor wants Secretary of State Tom Schedler to resign
Posted on 2/28/2018 2:48:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on Secretary of State Tom Schedler to resign immediately as a result of a lawsuit filed that accuses the state’s top election official of sexual harassment. Edwards says sexual harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated.

“I’m more troubled with his own admissions which by textbook definition constitute sexual harassment,” Edwards said.

Tom Schedler, sexual harassment, Governor John Bel Edwards, resignation

Governor Edwards and Trans Sec Wilson in DC to talk infrastructure
Posted on 2/12/2018 3:05:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards and State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson are in Washington to discuss infrastructure plans with the Trump Administration. Reports indicate the President could soon unveil a massive new infrastructure spending plan. Wilson says today’s roundtable discussion is a great opportunity to bring attention to the state’s aging infrastructure
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State senators urge Governor Edwards to call fiscal cliff special session
Posted on 2/6/2018 11:56:00 AM.
Several state senators are urging Governor John Bel Edwards to call a special session this month to fix a one-billion dollar revenue shortfall for next fiscal year. Edwards is waiting on House Republicans to get behind tax bills to make up the shortfall. Port Allen Senator Rick Ward says for legislators to agree on a plan, they need to be at the State Capitol.
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