Gov. John Bel Edwards

Jeremy Alford

National PAC targeting Edwards

America Rising Squared and America Rising PAC have been reaching out to reporters in Louisiana on a regular basis since December to push alternative takes on stories involving Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Budget stories and the administration’s approach to revenue have been the focus so far.
The conservative group, which largely plays in national politics, is no stranger to Louisiana’s federal races. But its interest in a statewide post is something new.

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at the Summit on the National Significance of the Master Plan on Thursday. Former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is at far right. (Photo by Ian McCusker/ Manship School News Service)

Governor vows to maintain funding for coastal issues

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pledged to a coastal erosion summit Thursday he would not reduce the state’s commitment to its coastline even as the state finds itself in dire financial straits.
“There will be no cuts to coastal funding to address the fiscal shortfall,” Edwards told a day-long summit on the National Significance of the Master Plan at LSU.

House panel rejects governor's budget bill

A bill containing Gov. John Bel Edward’s budgetary proposals failed, 7-15, to make it out of the House Appropriations Committee Thursday, leaving only two rival bills, both Republican blessed, to receive the chamber’s full attention.
House Bill 3, by Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, and House Bill 8, a more stringent version of HB3, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, and Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, are up for full House debate on Friday.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne appears before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday to push the administration’s proposal to utilize $119 million of the state’s budget stabilization fund, nicknamed the Rainy Day Fund, to ease potential budget cuts needed to erase the state’s current deficit. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Clock running on special session

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday moved forward with a resolution, primarily for the benefit of their wavering House colleagues, that would employ $119 million of the Rainy Day Fund as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal to close a $304 revenue shortfall.
House Republicans have expressed reluctance to do that, seeking instead additional budget cutbacks.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards leave a joint session of the Legislature Monday night amid handshakes following his detailing the state’s fiscal problems and his solutions for solvency. (Photo by Haskell Whittington)

Special session begins in an attempt to fill $304M budget hole

Louisiana lawmakers Monday night officially launched a special session dedicated to closing a $304 million mid-year budget shortfall with Gov. John Bel Edwards pitching his plan and challenging Republicans who oppose it to come up with a better one.
The Democratic governor proposes using $119 million of the state’s savings, nicknamed the Rainy Day Fund, cutting $60 million from the state budget and using “budget adjustments” to close the remainder of the gap. Some in the Republican-dominated Legislature oppose using the savings fund.

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