Governor Edwards refutes report naming Louisiana as last in the nation

Thomas Perumean
May 14, 2019 - 8:13 am

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Governor John Bel Edwards wasted no time in issuing a response to U.S. News and World Report survey naming Louisiana last in the nation in a number of factors.  This is the third time the magazine has ranked the state at the bottom.  

“Unfortunately, this ranking doesn’t accurately reflect the progress Louisiana has made in recent years and how much better we are doing today, given the gains that we have made in many critical areas that directly impact people’s lives," Edwards' statement starts off.  

The response lists Edwards' effort to turn around the states finances and achieving budget stabilization by working across party lines.  

Edwards also takes issue with the ranking's data, the way the report is compiled, and how recent improvements in health care coverage, education investment, infrastructure, and reducing prison population were largely ignored.  

"It takes time for improvement to show up in data, and some of the U.S. News and World Report’s data sources are several years old, which is frustrating. But we know we’re doing far better than we were years ago and we fully expect that will show up in future rankings.”

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