LSU survey finds most residents believe spending can be reduced

Louisiana residents may not be as anti-tax as conventional wisdom suggests, according to an LSU survey, but most residents also believe the state can and ought to reduce spending by eliminating government inefficiencies. 
A sizable majority of those surveyed – 71 percent — believe lawmakers should use a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to solve the state’s reoccurring budget shortfalls, LSU’s Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs Louisiana Survey 2017 found. 

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.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor appoints St. Landry Parish woman

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions on Tuesday.

Health Education Authority of Louisiana
The Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL) is an independent bonding authority formed to promote medical and/or health education activities of various public and private organizations in Louisiana.

David W. Groner, of New Iberia, was appointed chair of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana. Mr. Groner is an attorney and the president of David Groner, PLC.

Town hall meeting on energy

The Alliance for Affordable Energy has scheduled a town hall meeting in Lafayette to educate the public on statewide energy issues such as: changes in solar energy laws; Louisiana Public Service Commission’s recent activity and how it effects other agenda items; and energy efficiency programs.
The town hall is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Clifton Cheneir Center Public Library, 220 West Willow St., Buildling C, Lafayette,
For more information, contact Joelle Polisky at 615-516-0358 or visit


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