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Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards took significant steps on the first day of the fiscal year, 2016-17. Those steps include signing the supplemental appropriations bill and vetoing a conditional provision related to the popular TOPS program.

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As anticipated, the Louisiana Republican Party leaders have taken credit for stopping the invading army of tax hogs descending upon the state.   After the prior special session, despite a GOP-Democratic-Edwards coalition, they pinned the tax tale increase solely on John Bel Edwards and his band of donkeys. Today, via email, the party said:

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After two special sessions and a regular session, Louisiana legislators adjourned leaving the state’s TOPS program decimated. The successful scholarship program will be targeted with a massive 30% cut for the next fiscal year.

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Even as he goes down to defeat, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards could not help but extend his hand up and parallel to him, with palm facing him, lowering his pinky, and telling a number of Louisiana families to read between the lines.

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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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