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5-day Cuba mission costs Louisiana $150K

9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, January 01 2017 Jan 1, 2017 January 01, 2017 5:59 PM January 01, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A five-day trade mission to Cuba for Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state workers cost the state $150,134.

The Times-Picayune reports the single largest expense was the governor's security detail - about $35,000.

Louisiana is Cuba's leading trade partner in the United States. The state exported $1.4 billion worth of goods to the Caribbean island nation in the past decade.

The GOP-dominated legislature charged the governor last year with strengthening the state's relationship with Cuba.

Edwards and other officials signed agreements in Cuba to expand trade with the country if the federal government relaxes its policy toward Cuba.

The cost was obtained by the newspaper through public records.

While other states sent delegations to Cuba, the Edwards administration thinks Louisiana enjoyed better access.

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