Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, appearing before the Baton Rouge Press Club on January 8, 2018
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards appeared before the Baton Rouge Press Club (BRPC) on Monday, January 8, 2018. He stunned the two or three attendees who were present in the audience with conservative leanings when he indicated that his 2018 legislative agenda will include removing licensing requirements for a number of occupations in Louisiana, and he specifically referenced arranging flowers as a vocation which soon may require no license. The Advocate’s Stephanie Grace indicated this was a calculated move by Edwards to appeal to right-wing conservatives.
Whatever his motivations, Sound Off Louisiana‘s founder, Robert Burns, has no single economic issue more dear to him than occupational licensing boards and commissions, and anyone who knows him knows that fact well. Accordingly, Burns’ most recent feature focuses on Edwards’ comments, combined with past video footage wherein Burns questioned former Gov. Bobby Jindal (on January 8, 2014) and then-Representative (and freshly-announced candidate for Governor) John Bel Edwards, D-Amite (July 21, 2014). In providing Edwards’ statements of January 8, 2018 to the Baton Rouge Press Club, Burns also openly challenges Edwards to prove he can “walk the walk” and not be Jindal – Act II and merely “talk the talk.”:
Burns presents his historical questioning of Jindal (1/8/14) and Edwards (7/21/14 and 1/8/18) and challenges if he’s ready to “walk the walk” and not merely “talk the talk.”
$11,725 tuition for 1,000 hour hair braiding instruction supplied by Stevenson Academy of Hair Design (owned by Rev. James Williams, an appointee of Gov. Edwards to the Cosmetology Board).
Alternative Hair Design Program of Stevenson Academy, which calls for 1,000 hours of instruction (even though the State Board only requires 500 hours of instruction to receive a hair braiding permit). Sources have told Sound Off Louisiana that the reason for the additional 500 hours is to enable Federal grants to cover tuition. We have NOT verified that rationale for the additional 500 hours; however, if accurate, how do you feel, John Q. Taxpayer, about $11,725 PER STUDENT charged to “train” students on hair braiding when it’s been demonstrated the BEST source of such training is a skilled relative or friend who already knows how to perform such braiding and can convey the skills required in a small fraction of that amount of time at ZERO cost to taxpayers???????
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