Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Republican Party have taken to the e-airwaves today to promote their respective positions on the budget during the special session.
As prepared for delivery:
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature, Honored Guests, My fellow Louisianans:
Good morning. Here we are again.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Gov. John Bel Edwards disappointed s lot of his Democratic supporters last week when he signed a bill that, if it takes affect, could prevent more than 5,200 women, men, and young people in Louisiana from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and other preventive care at Planned Parenthood through Medicaid.
The Democratic Party-leaning Anzalone Liszt Grove Research conducted a poll on behalf of the Rebuild Louisiana organization to analyze voters opinions leading up to the special session of the Louisiana legislature, which begins today after the regular session ends.
Interesting that we are approaching another special session and one ultra-conservative Republican Alan Seabaugh is claiming that the current Governor John Bel Edwards cannot be believed.
Last night, Seabaugh said on Facebook:
Who’s the chicken, the Louisiana legislators or the governor?
The Louisiana legislative session is melting down to its end with now-roughly $450 million dollars deficit needing to be filled. A special session has been called by the governor set immediately afterwards, to raise taxes to bring in the necessary money. The questions are--who’s going to be the brave and who’s going to chicken out?
This nation is very blessed to have founders as brilliant as Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence, the document upon which this nation was established.
Along with the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence is considered one of our country’s founding documents. It has stood the test of time for 240 years.
With only one week left to go in Louisina legislative session and with Governor John Bel Edwards having called a special session to address the massive budget deficit facing the state, a survey has emerged showing that voters don't have much appetite increasing taxes again. The poll also shows that Governor John Bel Edwards's popularity has increased slightly with his negatives increasing more.
It’s a good thing requirements to take office as a Louisiana legislator do not include even a cursory knowledge of America’s founding as a sovereign state, for state Rep. Barbara Norton surely would have failed any such exam.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
Some sobering jobs numbers were released this week.
The Houma-Thibodeaux area lost 4,600 jobs over the last 12 months. Lafayette is down 7,700 jobs and has entered its 15th consecutive month of job losses. New Orleans is down 2,400 jobs, and Shreveport-Bossier City has lost 3,500. Thankfully, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles’ job numbers are up, with Monroe and Alexandria holding steady.