If there's anything we can appreciate in Louisiana - given our recent history - it's that voting matters.
We've seen how electing the right leaders can have direct effects on each citizen's quality of life -- from working through a budget crisis and responding to historic flooding to expanding quality healthcare to hundreds of thousands.
So make your voice heard. Early voting is open until Tuesday, Nov. 1., and Election Day is Nov. 8. If you have questions about where to vote, the Louisiana Democratic Party is available to answer them at (225) 336-4155.
There are a number of constitutional amendments - two that I sponsored - on the ballot. The Council for a Better Louisiana summarized them all here: tinyurl.com/zkt6n7k
Here are my recommendations:
- YES on # 1 - Create Hiring Qualifications for Registrars of Voters
- YES on #2 - Tuition Authority for Higher Education
- YES on #3 - Reform Corporate Income Tax (My Legislation - endorsed by the Tax Foundation and many others.)
- YES on #4 - Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Military and Public Safety Personnel
- YES on #5 - Create the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund (My Legislation - more below)
- NO on #6 - Allow Limited Access to Constitutionally Dedicated Funds
I also suggest you VOTE YES on the New Orleans Charter Amendment to split the inspector general and police monitor.
- Tax Foundation article in support of my Constitutional Amendment #3: http://tinyurl.com/zrbkjsw
- Louisiana Budget Project article in support of my Constitutional Amendments #3 and #5: http://tinyurl.com/z6h5ztu
- Pew Trusts article in support of funds like the one created by my Constitutional Amendment #5: http://tinyurl.com/jzwkupb
- Greater Baton Rouge Business Report editorial in support of my Constitutional Amendments #3 and #5: http://tinyurl.com/hka6r56
- Council for a Better Louisiana's support of my Constitutional Amendments #3 and #5: http://tinyurl.com/zkt6n7k
- The Advocate editorial in support of my Constitutional Amendments #3 and #5: http://tinyurl.com/jka9jvf
- NOLA.com editorial in support of the New Orleans Charter Amendment: http://tinyurl.com/j3oorus
- New Orleans Chamber of Commerce endorsement of my Constitutional Amendment #5: http://bit.ly/2dQpr5b
Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund
For decades, Louisiana has been caught in the same cycle—when times are good, the state spends every dollar generated—and when times are bad, there isn’t enough revenue to pay for all of our obligations.
Without raising taxes, the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund can help fix this.
Endorsed by The Advocate, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Council for a Better Louisiana, Louisiana Budget Project, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to everyone who came out to my fundraiser on Oct. 10, especially the Finance Committee and Hosts. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the full house. I am grateful to work with each of you to improve the lives of people in New Orleans and across Louisiana.
A champion for the tourism and hospitality workers who keep our economy humming, Walt gave the keynote at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau luncheon.
Nuestra Voz listening tour
As part of an effort to breakdown existing institutional, cultural, and linguistic silos between families and schools, Walt participated in the Nuestra Voz listening tour.
United Way of SELA
Walt was honored by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana as a 2016 Louisiana Legislative Champion for supporting legislation that impacts our communities.
Angels in Adoption
Walt was recognized in Washington, D.C. as a 2016 Angels in Adoption® awardee for his outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues.
Ride New Orleans
As an advocate for smart transportation and a new board member of Ride New Orleans, Walt moderated the organization's State of Transit panel.
St. Bernard Chamber
Walt spoke at the St. Bernard Parish Chamber of Commerce luncheon to share why it's important to VOTE YES ON #5 for the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund.
Walt spoke at the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce board meeting, and they endorsed constitutional amendment #5!
New Orleans Chamber
Walt spoke at the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce board meeting, and they endorsed constitutional amendment #5!
Jesuit Mock Debate
Walt returned to his alma mater for a mock presidential debate, representing Hillary Clinton. Rep. Cameron Henry also participated, representing Donald Trump.
Louisiana Primary Care Association
Walt offered the opening remarks at the LPCA's 33rd Annual Conference. The nonprofit promotes accessible, affordable, quality primary health care for the uninsured and medically underserved.
Historic Tax Credit Council
Walt had the honor of speaking at the Historic Tax Credit Council's breakfast.
America's Wetland Foundation
A champion for our coast, Walt participated in America's WETLAND Foundation's roundtable discussions on the State's master plan.