Gov. John Bel Edwards

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Gov. creates Resilient Louisiana Commission

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the creation of Resilient Louisiana, a state commission charged with examining Louisiana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months.
The 18-member panel includes Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, and will be co-chaired by Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and health care leader Terrie Sterling, a Baton Rouge consultant and retired Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System executive.

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Louisiana schools to remain closed through the end of the school year

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday he will grant the state school board’s request to close school buildings for the rest of the school year.
Last week, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education asked him to extend his current order, which expires April 30, through the end of the spring term in May. Edwards said he expected to grant their request, though Monday was the first time he had said he was certain he would do so.
“The school year will continue,” just not on campuses, Edwards said.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor creates Census committee

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order creating the Louisiana Complete Count Committee to help create the 2020 Census Awareness Campaigns throughout Louisiana. The advisory panel is made up of community, government and business leaders who represent the diverse populations of communities across the state.
There are 23 committee members of various religious, political and personal backgrounds.

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Funding to repave Maple Avenue cleared the state’s Capital Outlay Bill, which was made final by Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday. Traffic is shown Wednesday morning on the busy east-west route through Eunice. Maple Avenue — La. 91 — is approved for a $1.8 million project to tentatively begin in two years. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan

Governor wraps work on session bills

A $1.8 million Maple Avenue paving project escaped a veto by Gov. John Bel Edwards as happened in previous years.
Edwards signed the 2019 Capital Outlay Bill — Act 20 — on Monday, providing nearly $1.5 billion in new funding for construction and infrastructure improvements throughout the state.
The La. 91 paving project has been a focus for State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, since being elected nearly four years ago.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to Louisiana Press Association members Tuesday in Baton Rouge. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to Louisiana Press Association members Tuesday in Baton Rouge. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Governor touts state’s progress to press

Gov. John Bel Edwards cited the state’s progress across a broad front in a luncheon speech Tuesday to members of the Louisiana Press Association.
“I’m the first to acknowledge we still have challenges, but we are in such a better place today to meet those challenges because we can attack them from a relative position of strength as opposed to where we were just a few years ago,” he said at the City Club in Baton Rouge.
In October, Edwards, a Democrat, will face voters in a bid for a second term as governor.

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