Gov. John Bel Edwards

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.

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

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.

Governor’s Medicaid expansion claims rebutted

Gov. John Bel Edwards just released an editorial titled “Louisiana is Making Progress,” and states in part that “by every metric, Medicaid Expansion was the right choice for Louisiana” as it has saved the state over $300 million, grown the economy by generating $3.6 billion of economic activity, and created 19,000 jobs. WOW!! Who knew we could reap these huge benefits by adding 470,000 residents to our Medicaid rolls. On top of this, the governor also noted that the Trump Administration praised Louisiana’s efforts to root out fraud within the Medicaid system. Say what??

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, refused to yield for a final vote on a revenue measure Monday night at the end of the special session. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

Republican says filbuster ‘was worth it’

When Republican Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport filibustered in the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, (June 4) he was not sure whether a last-ditch effort to vote on a revenue-raising bill he deemed disastrous would have succeeded.
But Seabaugh, who is one of about 20 House Republicans who have consistently voted against any tax increase, said in interviews that his maneuver to block the vote “was worth it,” even though it has placed him at the center of controversy over yet another failed legislative session.

Gov. John Bel Edwards criticized House Republican leaders at a news conference Monday for failing to pass a revenue bill. (Photo by Kaylee Poche/LSU Manship School News Service)

Edwards still pitching for half-penny tax

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday outlined cuts to higher education, criminal justice and assistance to needy families in a budget passed by the Legislature and made a pitch for renewing a half-penny of sales taxes to avert most of them.
He made the comments in his first public appearance since he sharply criticized House leaders at a news conference minutes after the dramatic conclusion of a special session Monday night.


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