Senator John Kennedy speaks with consultant about next year's governor's race
Posted on 9/10/2018 6:13:00 AM.

An announcement from Senator John Kennedy on his intentions to run for governor next year may be coming soon. According to senior campaign staffers, Kennedy has met with advisors and gave the OK for media consultant Fred Davis, who has worked with the governor in the past, to begin work on the 2019 cycle. When asked, Kennedy didn’t deny that talks have happened.

Senator John Kennedy, Governor John Bel Edwards, Governor's Race, 2019

HUD approves expansion of Restore Louisiana reimbursements to 100%
Posted on 7/31/2018 1:13:00 PM.

HUD has approved Governor John Bel Edwards’ request to increase reimbursements on RESTORE grants to 100 percent, which means more federal assistance for homeowners who suffered flood damage in 2016. Edwards’ Communications Director Shauna Sanford says the first round of checks is on the way.

Restore Louisiana Program, HUD, Governor John Bel Edwards

Governor Edwards and A.G. Landry continue to discuss capital punishment
Posted on 7/24/2018 3:15:00 PM.

The exchange on capital punishment between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry continues to escalate. The last execution in Louisiana took place in 2010 when the drugs for a lethal injection were last available. Solicitor General for the AG’s office, Liz Murrill, says they still believe the governor can do more to get executions scheduled.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Attorney General Jeff Laundry, capital punishment

Gov. Edwards sent an open letter to President Trump outlining the dangers of a trade war
Posted on 7/23/2018 11:59:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards sent an open letter to President Donald Trump imploring the Commander in Chief to consider the effects a trade war with China will have on the Louisiana economy. Edwards cited a report from Forbes that highlighted Louisiana as most at risk for damage from the tariffs. Edwards says it’s not a hostile letter, but a reminder about the dangers of a trade war.

Governor John Bel Edwards, President Donald Trump, trade war

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.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Governor's Race, Senator John Kennedy, Mary-Patricia Wray, Stephen Handwerk

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.
Louisiana Checkbook, Jacques Berry, Governor John Bel Edwards, Tax Dollars

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.

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.

Jay Dardenne, Governor John Bel Edwards, REC, Louisiana, 2018

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.
Governor John Bel Edwards, third special session, Stephen Waguespack

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.

Special Session, Governor John Bel Edwards, Bernie Pinsonat

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