Governor Edwards optimistic about a fiscal cliff solution as another special session begins
Posted on 5/22/2018 2:24:00 PM.

The sixth special session since Governor John Bel Edwards took office is underway. Edwards opened the session on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, as public colleges are at risk of budget cuts unless legislators approve 648-million dollars in taxes. Edwards hopes the legislature can come together on a plan.

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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.

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Census Bureau: Louisiana one of eight states with declining population
Posted on 12/27/2017 11:15:00 AM.
Louisiana is one of eight states that saw a population drop from last year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between July 2016 and July 2017, the state’s population decreased by just over 1,800. About 27,000 relocated to other states. Demographer Greg Rigamer says a lot of the decrease has to do with the current job market. 
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Governor Edwards says legislators need to act soon
Posted on 3/4/2016 2:11:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is demanding that the House of Representatives approves more revenue generating bills including a measure that would increase the state’s tax on alcohol for the first time since 1948. Edwards says time is running out on this special session that was called to address the state’s fiscal crisis.

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LSU President talks football and budget cuts
Posted on 2/29/2016 3:59:00 PM.

Discussion about deep budget cuts to higher education could mean fewer students at LSU. The TOPS Scholarship Program is only funded at 25% for the next school year. Without TOPS, many students may have to rethink their education plans. LSU President F. King Alexander is concerned about enrollment numbers dropping because of budget concerns in Louisiana.

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Governor Edwards cautiously optimistic legislators can solve budget crisis
Posted on 2/26/2016 12:56:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards says the special legislative session aimed at solving a 940-million dollar budget deficit this fiscal year is heading in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go. House republicans are hesitant to raise taxes, but Edwards there’s been no evidence they can reduce the deficit without raising revenues.

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House Republicans provide suggestions on long-term budget solutions
Posted on 2/24/2016 4:55:00 PM.

Republican State Representatives sent Governor John Bel Edwards a list of long-term changes they want in the state government as they try to negotiate the governor’s proposed tax increases aimed at fixing the budget deficit. Legislators are interested in pension reform, capital outlay reform and tax reform.

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TOPS halts payments due to budget concerns
Posted on 2/11/2016 6:31:00 PM.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has notified colleges and universities that due to uncertainty over potential budget cuts they are holding off on making any TOPS payments. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it would be a huge disaster for Louisiana if it’s unable to pay a TOPS recipients full tuition for this semester.

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Governor Edwards to deliver bad budget news to taxpayers
Posted on 2/11/2016 4:29:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards will address Louisiana citizens tonight to discuss the state’s historic budget deficit. This address comes ahead of the special legislative session that begins Sunday, where lawmakers will have to come up with a plan to combat an 870-million dollar budget deficit.  UL Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says that this kind of speech is unprecedented.

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Governor Edwards calls for public input on budget crisis
Posted on 2/9/2016 11:47:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has put together a special web page to solicit public input on how to handle the state’s budget crisis. The governor’s director of communications Richard Carbo explains that the purpose of the site is to inform the public and get suggestions from citizens.

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