Today, Governor Edwards delivered this statement:
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the announcement from Standard and Poor's (S&P Global), one of the world's top credit rating agencies, that they are removing Louisiana from the negative watch list:
Crouere: John Kennedy will be Louisiana's next governor, if he runs--If he runs, Kennedy will be the favorite in the race and will be in a good position to defeat John Bel Edwards, the liberal Democrat who currently occupies the Governor’s mansion.
This past Tuesday’s election stirred mediocre interest here in the Bayou State. This was the fifth election in Louisiana in 2018. And get ready for six election dates in 2019. There was a 45% turnout last week, even though voters witnessed a great deal of election hype from throughout the nation. Louisianans just were not all that enthused.
“We knew it would not take long for the credit rating agencies to take notice of the bipartisan work we did during the last special session to stabilize Louisiana’s budget,” said Gov. Edwards. “Today’s announcement from S&P is further evidence that what we did was right for Louisiana. For too long, our state lacked the stability and predictability we needed, but those days are over. Thanks to the work of a bipartisan group of legislators, we have a stable budget that still allowed us to reduce the tax burden on the people of Louisiana by more than $550 million. We still have a long way to go, but with our economy growing, more people finding work, and our commitment to improve health outcomes and access to education, Louisiana is finally headed in the right direction.”