Today, we lay one of our state’s greatest ambassadors to rest. As we walk through the streets of New Orleans, we’ll think of Tom Benson. As we cheer on the Saints and the Pelicans, we’ll think of Tom Benson. I’ve ordered the flags in Louisiana to be flown at half staff in his memory. Please join your prayers to those of Donna’s and mine for his wife, Gayle, and Tom’s entire family. Rest In Peace, Mr. Benson.
My goal is to ensure that employment within state government represents the diverse reality of Louisiana’s citizens and acts as a model for private industry. In other words, we should practice what we preach. Read more at: http://gov.louisiana.gov/DisabilityEmployment #lagov
There is an old saying that goes, "At least once in your life you need a doctor. At least once in your life you need a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer." Louisiana agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry and the backbone of our economy. Let's show our appreciation for the individuals that feed the world. #AgDay #lagov
When kids reach 18, if they are kicked out of the foster care program, quite often, there is not a good place for them to land. We know we can do better by these kids. -JBE
Read all of my 2018 Legislative Agenda here: http://gov.louisiana.gov/news/2018-legislative-agenda
Gov. John Bel Edwards testifies before the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations in favor of legislation included in his legislative agenda for women, working moms and families living in poverty here in Louisiana. #lagov
DXC Technology was the largest economic development project in our state's history and named the second best project in the entire country. We initially estimated that the project would create 2,000 permanent, good-paying jobs in Louisiana. A Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) report now estimates that an additional 1,600 jobs will be created. This is incredible news for our state and truly a collaborative effort.
Flozell Daniels lost his son to gun violence. His input was critically important as we crafted bipartisan criminal justice reform in Louisiana. The way we were doing things just wasn't working, so we followed a reform approach similar to other southern conservative states. The one-liners and fear mongering from Sen. Kennedy and Jeff Landry undermines our bipartisan work to improve public safety in Louisiana. Read Flozell's story below. #CJReform
After living for more than 10 years with discolored water, the people of St. Joseph now have a new water treatment and distribution plant that is fully operational, providing high quality drinking water daily to homes, schools and businesses. And it tastes great! #lagov
For more than a decade, St. Joseph has experienced major water problems due to a poorly maintained and deteriorating water distribution system. Shortly after taking office in 2016, Gov. Edwards made a commitment to the people of St. Joseph to address their water problems, and in less than two years the community has a brand new water system that will provide access to clean, clear and safe drinking water. #lagov
WATCH: Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials from the town of St. Joseph will unveil the new Comprehensive Water Distribution System Replacement Project. For more than a decade, St. Joseph has experienced major water problems due to a poorly maintained and deteriorating water distribution system. Shortly after taking office in 2016, Gov. Edwards made a commitment to the people of St. Joseph to address their water problems, and in less than two years the community has a brand new water system that will provide access to clean, clear and safe drinking water. #lagov
Hey flag freaks! We’ve got your hookup! Our latest episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown will take you on a journey through the Bayou State’s colorful flag history.... Ever wondered why we have that line of flags in Memorial Hall? (Also known as the Rotunda to people who can’t tell the difference between a circle and a rectangle.) Can you identify the flag that dates back to Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto? Or the one that had the fleur de lis from France’s Louis XIV? Turns out it wasn’t until the 1900s that our beloved mother pelican showed up with her three fledglings, and it took another hundred years before a Houma eighth grader prompted the Legislature to fix a long overlooked oversight.
You may also not know that there’s a Louisiana flag pledge. Here it is:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana
and to the motto for which it stands:
A state, under God,
united in purpose and ideals,
confident that justice shall prevail
for all of those abiding here.
Watch the Lowdown now so you can flex your freaky flag knowledge next time you’re with your podnuhs on the first floor of the Capitol.