Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Governor Signs $30B Budget; Touts Teacher Raises

Jun 19, 2019
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Saying "a great education cures a lot of ills," Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed Louisiana's $30 billion operating budget at a Baton Rouge elementary school where he hailed the first statewide public school teacher raise in a decade.

The 2019-20 budget starting July 1 contains increases for public elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, early learning programs, health care services and public safety programs.

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Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health learned that the contracted operator for the Clayton water system in Concordia Parish is no longer operating the water system because the operator has not been paid by the town.

CLAYTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor says the town stopped paying its water system contractor because it can't afford the bills.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a water emergency Friday in the Concordia Parish town of Clayton after learning that the contractor had quit running the system because it hadn't been paid.

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The Louisiana Watershed Initiative will host a statewide listening tour to gather input from data experts, planning officials and local leaders on the state's efforts to reduce flood risk and create more resilient communities. The eight-stop "listening tour" begins Oct. 8 in Lafayette and continues through November.

Gov. Edwards' To Visit Monroe

Sep 24, 2018

LA Govenor John Bel Edwards will visit North Louisiana today to offically annouce the partnership concerns between LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner Health System regarding the operation of two hospitals and the medical school in North Louisiana. He will hold a ceremony to begin the transfer of the Univeristy health hospitals in Monroe to Shreveport to Ochsner Heath System. This takeover begins on October 1, 2018.

Details are as followed:

10:30 a.m. LSU and Ochsner Partnership Agreement - Shreveport (Open Press)

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Today, Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart® as the nation’s No. 1 state workforce training program for a record ninth consecutive year. In the magazine’s 2018 State Rankings Report, Louisiana also earned Top 10 rankings among the best states for Economic Growth Potential, Foreign Trade Zone activity (exports) and Chemicals Manufacturing. In addition, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Shreveport/Bossier City and the Port of South Louisiana-based Gramercy Foreign Trade Zone received Top 10 honors as regional economic leaders.