UPDATE: MONROE -- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivered his State of the State address in Monroe on Thursday. He urged local leaders to help keep a major employer here. The governor also addressed the controversial minimum wage debate.
"I'm a firm believer that if we have good paying jobs for our people, that solves about 90-percent of the problems that we try to address in Baton Rouge," says Governor Jindal. "You think of all the debates we're going to have at the capital all the discussion we're going to have about lowering incarceration rates, health care, lowering welfare costs, improving the quality of life, improving incomes and people's productivity, the vast majority of those problems can be mitigated by making sure people have good paying jobs."
Just two days after Monroe City Council members killed a renovation project at the Gardner Denver Thomas plant in Monroe, Jindal is asking them to reconsider for the good of workers.
"I certainly support the efforts to keep them here and help them expand here. I think it's a great company that's created opportunities for hundreds of families in Northeast Louisiana, let's do what we can to help them expand here," says Gov. Jindal.
The upcoming legislative session begins on March 10.
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