Gov. John Bel Edwards

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.

Motorists will have to cope with the rough-riding West Maple Avenue for another year after Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed an overlay project sought by state Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice. (Photo by Halran Kirgan)

Maple Avenue overlay falls to veto pen

Number one on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto list was a $1.7 million overlay project for Maple Avenue, La. 91, in Eunice.
The vetoes were announced Wednesday.
State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, pointed to partisan politics for the governor’s veto.
“I think it is really sad that as much as I’ve tried to work with the administration that he is continually doing things to try to hurt us,” DeVillier said.
The overlay project was in the state’s capital outlay budget three years ago and the governor vetoed it, he said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

As time escapes from session, outside politics creep in

Time has officially become a factor for the Louisiana Legislature, especially as lawmakers proceed with four weeks of regular session work under their belts and another eight weeks to go.
The pressure ratchets up further when you consider Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, have agreed to end the regular session prematurely, possibly in early to mid-May, to make room for the year’s second special session.

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