Louisiana governor urges congressional leaders to keep Medicaid expansion
Posted on 3/14/2017 1:31:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to congressional leaders urging the protection of Medicaid expansion. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says as the debate is underway in the nation’s capital to repeal and replace Obamacare, Edwards is standing behind the program he signed into law on his first day in office.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Richard Carbo, medicaid expansion

Governor Edwards heads to D.C. to push for additional federal flood aid
Posted on 2/8/2017 4:09:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards travels to Washington D.C. today to push Congress for more federal flood aid. This is the governor’s 6th trip to the nation’s capital since the August flood. Edwards says we’ve received $1.6 billion in grant money so far but another two billion is necessary to get victims back in their homes..

Governor John Bel Edwards, federal flood aid, Congress

Governor Edwards expected to issue call for special session beginning Feb. 13th
Posted on 2/3/2017 2:58:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue the call for a rebalancing the budget special session that would begin February 13th. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says lawmakers have to address a $304 million budget deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30th and Edwards will push the use of 119 million dollars from Rainy Day Fund to offset that shortfall.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Jeremy Alford, special session

Gov. Edwards travels to Italy to discuss ways to combat human trafficking
Posted on 1/13/2017 12:13:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards will be in Rome, Italy for the next few days to discuss ways to fight human trafficking with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy. Edwards says the Houston to New Orleans corridor has one of the worst trafficking problems in the country and we must put an end to this. He says the sisters plan to open the Metanoia House, a Louisiana shelter for young victims of sex trade.

human trafficking, Governor John Bel Edwards, Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy

Governor Edwards talks about his priorities for 2017
Posted on 12/9/2016 4:36:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards talked about some of his priorities for 2017 during a speech at the Council for a Better Louisiana annual conference. Edwards says his big goal is to ensure the state uses money from the Transportation Trust Fund in the right places, like improving the daily congestion in Baton Rouge near the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge.

Governor John Bel Edwards, CABL, 2017

Governor Edwards elected into office one year ago
Posted on 11/21/2016 5:01:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards was elected into office one year ago today. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the governor has had quite the year. He says he’s had some successes, including the approval of a higher state sales tax, which prevented deeper budget cuts.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Bernie Pinsonat, year in office

Gov. Edwards and state lawmakers head out on flyover tour of the coast
Posted on 10/27/2016 2:47:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards along with local lawmakers begin a two-day tour today where they’ll fly over the Louisiana coast and then visit offshore oil and gas facilities. State Rep. Jerome Zeringue of Houma will be with the governor and says trip’s primary purpose is to help the oil and gas industry and coastal restoration co-exist.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Jerome Zeringue, coastal restoration, oil and gas industry

FEMA to bring in upgraded trailers for flood victims
Posted on 8/25/2016 11:35:00 AM.

FEMA owned temporary housing units are returning to Louisiana to provide housing for flood victims who are in the process of rebuilding their homes. Governor John Bel Edwards says these trailer units are different from what we say after Hurricane Katrina.

FEMA, Governor John Bel Edwards, The Great Flood 2016, trailers, temporary housing

Governor Edwards: Over 20,000 rescued from rising flood waters
Posted on 8/15/2016 4:59:00 AM.

South Louisiana is grappling with one of the most catastrophic flood events in the state’s history, and the situation is ongoing. Governor John Bel Edwards says, because residents did not anticipate their homes flooding..the search and rescue operations have been difficult.
(photo courtesy of Louisiana National Guard)More

Governor John Bel Edwards, rescued, National Weather Service, flooding

Governor John Bel Edwards sworn into office seven months ago today
Posted on 8/10/2016 2:37:00 AM.

Today marks seven months since Governor John Bel Edwards was sworn into office. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says the governor carved out a place for himself in the record books from day one. He says Edwards pretty much had the House against him as he is the first governor in modern history to not have his choice selected as speaker.

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