Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he is extending Louisiana’s statewide stay-at-home order to May 15. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute), regarding Gov. Edwards’ decision and what it means for Louisiana’s working families.

“Hundreds of thousands of Louisiana families continue to suffer each day we delay reopening the state’s economy. It’s past time to get Louisiana working, and we strongly urge the Governor and all of our elected officials to treat the worsening jobs and economic crisis with the same urgency as the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

Because we’re dealing with incomplete data, there are no absolute right or wrong answers to these critical problems. We do know, however, that countless workers and families are suffering, and we need to get Louisianans safely back to work as soon as possible.”


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