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topsGovernor Jon Bel Edwards as provided more details about the TOPS program which is at risk for the State of Louisiana due to the impending budget crises.

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edwards vicTonight Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued a State of the State address due to the impending $3 billion dollar budget shortfall and upcoming legislative session.

Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery

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legal gavelGov. John Bel Edwards has held that office for less than a month, and already the first and perhaps most lethal electoral shark has started circling his weakened position.

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appointments jbeStill in its first month of its administration, today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the following additional cabinet reappointments for his administration:

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edwardsLouisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards indicated today that the state needs the sales tax increase of one penny, however, he also indicated that he wanted to work together with the legislature to meet middle ground and that it was one of a menu of items for the legislature to consider.

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jindals bookby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

To say we were disappointed in John Bel Edwards’s decision to reappoint State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson would be an understatement. WhatLouisianaVoice has learned—and published—about problems throughout LSP, particularly in Troop D, should be reason enough to turn Edmonson away.

Edwards made two major mistakes in arriving at his decision. First, he listened to the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and Louisiana Police Chiefs Association. Second, he did not listen to the voices of state troopers whose morale has hit rock bottom and who have made their feelings known, albeit anonymously, in the comment sections of our posts. Realistically, they have no voice to compete with the sheriffs and chiefs.

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bel edwardsAround this time, every four years in Louisiana, attention is focused upon who will make up the Governor’s cabinet and key administration officials.  Eight years ago, when Bobby Jindal put together his transition team, there were many new names and faces since the prior Republican Governor, Mike Foster, had left office in 2004.  Obviously, as Jindal is a republican, the top jobs were lined with party or campaign leaders.  This year, there are a number of familiar faces from prior administrative jobs, elective offices, and yes, even a campaign opponent, in Republican Jay Dardenne. 

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jim brownby Jim Brown

With a new governor about to take over the reins of state, LSU and other Louisiana colleges are making a full court press for more funding. They have a good argument to make.  But what do taxpayers get in return?  Have universities like LSU made their case for what they are presently doing with the money they have been receiving up until now?  

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labi logoby Stephen Waguespack, President of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

 

The decision is made. We selected our leader, and now it is time to focus on solving our problems.


No, I’m not talking about Coach Miles and the work ahead for the Tigers’ top dog and his team to regain supremacy in the SEC. I’m talking about Governor-elect Edwards and his task of working with the new Legislature and others to tackle Louisiana’s challenges and reinforce its many strengths.

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waguespack compressedThankfully, the 2015 election season is finally over. After six months of attack ads and sound bites filled with personal accusations and character assassinations, we can move on as a state and get to work on the issues at hand.

 Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards accomplished what was once thought to be impossible by breaking the trend and winning a governor’s race in the South as a Democrat. He started with a big lead on the night of the primary and never looked back. It was an impressive effort.

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