JBE & DXC

Back home in Reilly’s Banana Republican, the governor’s comms shop whipped the press corps into a frenzy Sunday afternoon by sending out an advisory that could barely contain this headline:

Gov. Edwards to Make One of the Most Significant Economic Development Announcements in Louisiana History

This is how The AP’s Kevin McGill summed it up (his story also offers an overview of the incentives involved):

A technology services company that boasts 6,000 worldwide clients will establish a facility in downtown New Orleans and plans to hire about 2,000 people over five years, state and city officials said Monday. Gov. John Bel Edwards called the decision by Virginia-based DXC Technology to locate facilities in New Orleans a historic economic development for Louisiana.

Rain fell on the governor’s parade almost immediately, beginning with cold water from John Kay, the director of the Louisiana chapter of Americans For Prosperity. He called the administration’s deal a “$120 million corporate welfare handout.”

Rep. Reid Falconer also put out his own press release. It went something like this: The “impact is a drop in the state's budget bucket and doesn't cover what has been lost… we can't take seriously the heralding of the announcement as the best economic development project since the discovery of oil.”

Meanwhile, Truth In Politics went with the following GIF, via its Twitter account, to respond to Edwards’ announcement:

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