BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards delivered his State of the State address from A.W. Mumford Stadium on the campus of Southern University.
It was an unusual address for the Governor this year who normally opens the legislative session with a speech from the house floor.
The Governor opened his speech acknowledging the speech was being held in an empty stadium adding to the sign that the pandemic lingers on in Louisiana.
During Monday’s speech, the Governor touched on several issues we’re facing as a state. He took a moment to reflect on the past year, now looking forward to what’s next.
As expected, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic took center stage.
“The pandemic has highlighted inequities that persist in our communities especially when it comes to health outcomes. These inequities were not created overnight, nor will they be eliminated overnight,” said Edwards.
For all we’ve survived this past year, he is calling the state “resilient”
“For every story of loss, however, there has also been one of survival. Because Louisiana is a state full of unwavering faith and an enduring spirit,” said Edwards.
He acknowledged the state is still recovering including the burdens brought by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
“We are still working to pick up the pieces and make communities whole again. We will not stop rebuilding. We will not stop making Southwest Louisiana stronger than ever,” said Edwards.
Gov. Edwards hopes that rebuilding could come through reducing carbon emissions, higher education, closing the gender pay gap and increasing the state’s minimum wage.
“This year, instead of including a specific minimum wage bill in my package, I am supporting any and all efforts to raise the minimum wage. So, my message to the Legislature is simple: pass a bill. Get it on my desk. I’ll sign it,” said Edwards.
As we move forward, Governor Edwards is optimistic Louisiana will recover.
“So, let’s work together. Let’s fight for the future we know is possible. Let’s get our sunshine back, Louisiana,” said Edwards.
Read Gov. Edwards full 2021 Regular Session Remarks: Click Here