Issues

Walt LegerStructural Budget Reform

For the first time in nearly a decade, Louisiana has a balanced budget. This means that we have managed to pass a budget that is honest and doesn’t rely on smoke and mirrors to get our bills paid. We no longer use one-time money for recurring expenses and we have streamlined our spending to the point that we are even currently enjoying a $100 million surplus.

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Early Childhood EducationWalt with students

We know that the years between birth and four are the most crucial for a child’s brain development. High quality care and attention during these years help build brain functions essential for learning and developing important cognitive skills. The care given during these early years sets a roadmap for the rest of each child’s life.

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criminal justice reformCriminal Justice Reform and Public Safety

I began my career as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans where I prosecuted violent offenders and drug traffickers. I was proud of the work that I did there and I continue to benefit from the education I received in those courtrooms. But the lesson that stuck with me the most is that, although we’ve been tough on crime, we haven’t been smart on crime.

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environmental protectionCoastal Preservation and Restoration

Too often, people talk about coastal preservation and restoration as if it were an afterthought-something insignificant to our everyday lives. But even though the effects of coastal erosion may seem like an issue for the future, it is very consequential to our present.

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jobsEconomic Development and Infrastructure

Economic development is not just one single thing. It is a combination of several efforts that encompass education, quality childcare, public safety, family wellness and then, finally, economic initiatives. In order to have a healthy economy, we have to have a healthy, well trained work force and proper infrastructure-we can’t expect to attract quality industry if we can’t offer them quality of life.

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