Gov Edwards to meet with President Trump about flood and tornado recovery
Posted on 2/24/2017 5:44:00 AM.

While many Louisianans will be celebrating Mardi Gras this weekend, Governor John Bel Edwards is heading to Washington to discuss more federal assistance for flood recovery and the recent tornadoes in south Louisiana. The governor’s Communications Director Richard Carbo says Edwards will meet with the acting FEMA Administrator today to discuss recovery for tornado victims.
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John Bel Edwards, Richard Carbo, President Trump, flood recovery, tornadoes

HUD approves state's plan for spending $438M in federal flood aid
Posted on 2/17/2017 10:21:00 AM.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the state’s plan for spending the first $438 million approved for Louisiana flood recovery. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Baxter Payer says the next step is for HUD to do grant agreements and open a line of credit for the state.
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Julie Baxter Payer, HUD, flood recovery, federal assistance

Restore Louisiana Task Force approves plan to spend flood recovery dollars
Posted on 1/21/2017 7:52:00 AM.

The Restore Louisiana Task Force approves a proposal for how to spend $1.2 billion in federal flood aid allocated by Congress. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer, says $938 million will go towards rebuilding and repairing flooded homes.
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Julie Baxter Payer, Restore Louisiana Task Force, flood recovery

Gov Edwards lays out priorities for 2017
Posted on 1/11/2017 9:40:00 PM.

Stabilizing the budget, flood recovery, criminal justice reform and coastal restoration are among John Bel Edwards’ goals as he begins his second year in the governor’s office. Edwards says last year he tackled a historic budget deficit with $850 million in cuts and urging the legislature to raise taxes to protect higher education and health care. He says comprehensive tax reform is needed this year.
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John Bel Edwards, budget, flood recovery, coastal restoration, criminal justice reform

Gov Edwards on flood recovery: "My heart breaks because it does take too long"
Posted on 12/22/2016 5:09:00 AM.

With Christmas this weekend, there are still thousands of flood victims that are still not in their homes, and Governor John Bel Edwards says his heart breaks for families that are displaced during the holidays. He says they are doing what they can to get them back home as quickly as possible.
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John Bel Edwards, flood recovery, Shelter At Home, flood victims

Gov Edwards updates Senator-elect Kennedy on flood recovery aid
Posted on 12/13/2016 11:58:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to Senator-elect John Kennedy to bring him up to speed on the efforts to get more federal aid for flood recovery. The letter comes after Kennedy told USA today that the governor hasn’t done enough to secure federal funding. Edwards’ Communications Director, Richard Carbo, says Kennedy’s statements just weren’t based in reality.
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Richard Carbo, John Bel Edwards, John Kennedy, flood recovery

Public meetings scheduled to update flood victims on recovery process
Posted on 12/13/2016 10:32:00 AM.

Public meetings are being held in flood impacted areas of the state to update flood victims on the ongoing recovery efforts. Executive Director for the Office of Community Development, Pat Forbes says the task force wanted to make sure that everybody had a chance to weigh on how dollars will be distributed.

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Pat Forbes, Jimmy Durbin, flood recovery

Congress poised to approve $1.2B in federal flood aid for Louisiana
Posted on 12/7/2016 12:17:00 PM.

The US House Appropriations Committee has approved a continuing resolution that contains $1.2 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Louisiana flood relief.
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Richard Carbo, flood recovery, federal aid

Louisiana congressional delegation continues fight for more flood recovery funds
Posted on 11/14/2016 6:20:00 AM.

Congress will reconvene today now that the election is over, which means Louisiana’s congressional delegation will resume their efforts to get more federal funds appropriated for flood recovery. Baton Rouge Congressman Garrett Graves says right now the state still needs to come up with a plan for spending the $438 million they’ve already received.
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Garret Graves, flood recovery, Congress

Gov Edwards back in Washington seeking flood recovery aid
Posted on 11/9/2016 6:07:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is traveling to Washington, D.C. today to seek a more comprehensive package for flood recovery in Louisiana. The governor’s spokesperson, Richard Carbo, says this is the first of several trips Edwards will make between now and the end of the year as he tries to get more aid approved.
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Richard Carbo, John Bel Edwards, flood recovery

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