Gov. John Bel Edwards looks back on first 100 days in office
BATON ROUGE - With 100 days in office now under his belt, Governor John Bel Edwards took Tuesday morning to reflect on the challenges he has faced since he took office.
Among those challenges, Gov. Edwards has inherited the largest state budget deficit in the history of the state and a legislature that has been less than cooperative. Edwards said he’s trying to make choices that solve those problems in the best possible way for Louisiana residents.
“Right now is about making the harder right choices, rather than the easier wrong ones. We’re going to move forward over the next hundred days, and clearly beyond that, with that same mentality,” Edwards said.
The governor cited numerous accomplishments during his first 100 days, including a ban on discrimination against the LGBT community in state offices and raising over $1 billion in revenue during the special legislative session. He’s most proud of the healthcare coverage that 300,000 people in the state are now set to receive due to Medicaid expansion.
“Clearly the most important thing that we’ve done I did on January the 12th standing right here, and that’s when I signed the executive order expanding the Medicaid program,” Edwards said.
Immediate goals, according to Edwards, now include resolving the state’s lingering budget issues and removing the gender pay gap. Another big item on the agenda is raising the state’s minimum wage.
“I am committed to raising the minimum wage. It’s been the same since 2009. Seven dollars and a quarter is not a meaningful living wage in 2016,” Edwards said.
Edwards took to the airwaves at 2 p.m. to kick off his monthly call-in radio show.