|Posted on 7/16/2018 3:59:00 AM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain are taking a trip out to the farm. They will be meeting with local sugar cane farmers July 19th to discuss tariffs among other issues. Strain says he and the governor will be on hand to congratulate sugarcane farmers for their historic achievement.
“The largest cane crop ever, over 15 million tons, 600,000 tons, 1.8 million tons of sugar, over a billion dollars.”
|John Bel Edwards, Mike Strain, Sugarcane, Tariffs|
|Posted on 7/10/2018 6:05:00 PM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards is asking the Restore Flood task to expand the 2016 flood recovery grant program to expand grant reimbursement eligibility to 100 percent, up from the current 50 percent.
|2016 floods, John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, grants, 2018, recovery|
|Posted on 7/2/2018 7:41:00 AM.|
Now that the state has found a solution to the fiscal cliff with the passage of a sales tax bill, the focus in state politics will turn towards next year's governor's race. GOP House Chairman Lance Harris says Republicans remain committed towards reducing the size of state government, but that can't happen with Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards in office.
|John Bel Edwards, Lance Harris, Robert Johnson, Jindal administration|
|Posted on 6/25/2018 9:22:00 AM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the passage of the budget bill at the end of a grueling start to the year that saw four total sessions needed to solve the state’s impending fiscal cliff that’s been at the center of state politics since short term taxes were passed two years ago. Edwards congratulated lawmakers on keeping healthcare and education off the chopping block.
|John Bel Edwards, special session, fiscal cliff, TOPS, healthcare, 2018, Louisiana|
|Posted on 6/21/2018 5:06:00 PM.|
|Louisiana no longer leads the nation for its incarceration
rate. Governor John Bel Edwards says
that unwanted distinction goes to Oklahoma. “It’s not a gigantic leap, it is a very favorable movement because
for the first time in decades, we can say that we don’t have the highest incarceration
rate,” Edwards said.|
|John Bel Edwards, incarceration rate, Oklahoma|
|Posted on 6/21/2018 5:24:00 AM.|
A vote on the House floor is expected today on three different sales tax bills that raise different amounts of money and they renew up to a half-cent of an expiring one-cent sales tax. Governor John Bel Edwards remains optimistic one of those bills will reach his desk, if not significant cuts will occur.
“For the first time in a long time you are seeing cuts to the National Guard, the department of veteran’s affairs. But it’s also higher education, right now higher education is in line for a 95 million dollar cut.”
|John Bel Edwards, Special Session, Sales Taxes|
|Posted on 6/18/2018 6:58:00 PM.|
The third special session of the year is underway, and Governor John Bel Edwards addressed both chambers saying it’s time to break free of the partisan gridlock as the state approaches the fiscal cliff on June 30th.
|John Bel Edwards, Special Session, Fiscal cliff|
|Posted on 6/14/2018 2:25:00 PM.|
Former Jindal Administration staffers are calling on the House to pass the half-cent sales tax renewal that would fully fund state government, and avoid cuts to programs like TOPS. Former Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says failing to pass the revenue bill would harm the most vulnerable people in the state.
“We can’t afford more cuts to higher education, healthcare, waiver programs, nursing homes, food stamps, we can’t afford it.”
|Paul Rainwater, John Bel Edwards, Bobby Jindal, Commissioner of Administration|
|Posted on 6/7/2018 5:00:00 AM.|
In a letter sent to Governor Edwards, US Senator John Kennedy expressed his concern over what he called an “inexcusable waste of taxpayer funds at the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission” based on a legislative audit.
Kennedy says the bulk of the problems appeared to have occurred under the leadership of Katara Williams, who has since been moved to a position with Southern University.
|John Kennedy, John Bel Edwards, Katara Williams, Taxpayer Waste, Louisiana Highway Safety Patrol, Southern University, 2018|
|Posted on 6/6/2018 2:05:00 PM.|
A bill sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris that would allow independent gas stations to sue larger gas station companies over unfair pricing has been vetoed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Harris owns a chain of gas stations in the Alexandria area and could have benefited from the bill. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the move may be retaliation on the part of the governor.
“Since Lance Harris was the leading person to oppose governor’s request for $640 million it’s hard not to imagine that there was some political payback by the governor.”
|Lance Harris, John Bel Edwards, Bernie Pinsonat|
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