Gov. Edwards holds news conference following end of 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session

Gov. John Bel Edwards will give his closing remarks after the end of the 2021 Louisiana...
Gov. John Bel Edwards will give his closing remarks after the end of the 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session.
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:33 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards held a media briefing on Thursday, June 10, about the 2021 Legislative Session shortly after it adjourned.

Edwards said he has already signed the budget that was approved by legislators. He added it includes critical investments to improve life for Louisiana citizens.

He pointed out raises for teachers and support staff. Teachers will receive an $800 raise, while support staff will get a $400 bump. He added this still isn’t enough because teachers in Louisiana are still not at the Southern Regional Average. Getting them there is his commitment and goal, according to the governor.

Edwards said he signed one sports betting bill and two more are headed to his desk. He said the one that has been signed will go toward education. He added this is the best budget for higher education in at least 15 years. TOPS is fully funded, and there is more money for GoGrants.

Edwards also mentioned he is “interested” in signing the bill that would eliminate jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

On the issue of additional unemployment benefits, the governor said he is still waiting on the results of a study by economist Dr. Jim Richardson before making a decision on when to end them.

He talked about several other bills but could not state whether or not he would sign them because there were last-minute changes to them that he must look over.

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