Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation declaring December 15, 2020, as Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center Day in honor of former Gov. Blanco. Today would have been her 78th birthday.

"The life and work of Kathleen Blanco continue to inspire Louisianans," Gov. Edwards said. "Gov. Blanco broke many barriers as she worked tirelessly to make this state better for all of its people, and the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette continues to carry that legacy. Through research and collaboration on issues like poverty, criminal justice reform, healthcare, the environment, and economic opportunity, the policy center has helped provide policymakers and the public with the information necessary to empower and improve communities across Louisiana."

To read the proclamation, click here