Gov. Edwards breaks ground on $274 million converting and logistics center in Monroe
Posted on 4/28/2017 2:10:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards along with DHL and Graphic Packaging International broke ground on a 1.27 million-square-foot folding carton plant and logistics center outside of Monroe. The expansion is estimated to be about 274 million dollars.
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The Gross Receipts Tax bill has been filed, the centerpiece to the Governor's tax plan
Posted on 4/17/2017 5:53:00 PM.
Here is the official release from the governor's office:  
  
Legislation that makes up the bulk of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax reform package was filed in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The Commercial Activity Tax ensures that all business entities in Louisiana pay their fair share of taxes, while protecting Louisiana’s small businesses. The C-A-T is part of a broad tax and spending reform package proposed by Gov. Edwards to avoid the fiscal cliff on July 1, 2018.
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Gov. Edwards faces criticism in D.C. over the handling of August flood
Posted on 4/5/2017 1:03:00 PM.

Republican lawmakers criticized Governor John Bel Edwards’ handling of the deadly August flood during a Congressional hearing in Washington D.C. today. The chairman of the panel, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, couldn’t believe the governor didn’t know how many people were still displaced.
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Gov. Edwards rolls out his new tax proposals
Posted on 3/29/2017 3:44:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his plan today for a new tax structure in Louisiana. It calls for lower sales taxes, but more services would be subject to a sales tax and there would be adjustments to the income tax bracket, which he says would benefit a majority of residents.
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Governor John Bel Edwards, tax proposals, legislative session

Lawmaker seeks to prohibit corporal punishment for students with disabilities
Posted on 3/29/2017 1:19:00 PM.

As part of Governor John Bel Edwards’ plan to improve K-12 education outcomes, a measure has been filed for the legislative session that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public schools for students with disabilities. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his legislation would prohibit physical punishment for kids with intellectual disabilities.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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.
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