The Childcare Association of Louisiana (CCAL) has named State Representative Walt Leger as the 2015 Champion for Children on Wednesday. CCAL has presented an award to Representative Leger.
CCAL is honoring Representative Leger for his tireless efforts in early childhood education this past legislative session. His efforts to raise the earned income tax credit for working families in Louisiana were extraordinary.
Representative Leger represents Orleans Parish and serves as Speaker Pro Tempore in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is also a fierce advocate for early childhood education and serves on the House Education Committee.
For more information about the Childcare Association of Louisiana, visit the Association’s website at www.childcarelouisiana.org
The Southern Rail Commission, a group that advocates for passenger rail service, has released a briefing book that outlines critical next steps for the proposed passenger line connecting the Baton Rouge-New Orleans corridor. “Baton Rouge and New Orleans by Intercity Passenger Rail” details the pivotal role of Louisiana’s next governor in advancing the project.
“A sense of urgency and strong leadership from the next governor and Legislature is critical to moving this project forward,” says State Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger III, Commissioner with the Southern Rail Commission. “There are many moving and interconnected parts. The best way to commit all parties and ensure progress is making clear that the goal is to start this service as soon as possible.”
The briefing book includes information on local, state and federal funding sources, as well as case studies from other states that have successfully connected major cities with passenger rail service.
“One of the Southern Rail Commission’s top priority projects is connecting Louisiana’s two largest cities with passenger rail,” says Greg White, the commission’s incoming chairman. “SRC also recognizes the importance of how this project fits into the overall national network of passenger rail that will eventually connect all Southern states.”
The briefing book, which is being distributed to Louisiana gubernatorial candidates, is available online at www.SouthernRailCommission.org.
Earlier this month, leaders of seven southeast Louisiana parishes that comprise the Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority held a press conference calling on the state’s next governor to establish passenger rail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Southern Rail Commission Chairman Knox Ross also participated in the event.
About the Southern Rail Commission
Established by an act of Congress in 1982, the Southern Rail Commission engages and informs public and private rail interests to support and influence rail initiatives across its member states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information about the Southern Rail Commission please visit www.SouthernRailCommission.org.
LIDEA recognizes the efforts of State Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger III to support economic development during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session.
Rep. Leger, along with other legislators across the state who are being honored, supported LIDEA’s efforts to provide tools for state, regional and local economic developers to improve the economic health of their respective communities.
Rep. Leger will receive the Legislative Allies award for his efforts to support LIDEA's agenda during floor debates and in committee.
"We recognize the difficulty all of our legislators faced going into the session and are proud to have worked with them to continue to strengthen our economic development tools for greater returns to both the State and local communities, as well as the companies which make the investment in capital and jobs, " stated Rhonda Reap-Curiel, LIDEA Legislative Chair.
"The legislators we recognize this year are representative of those who continue to support our efforts to increase capital investment, increase wages and increase the ability of our citizens to qualify for higher wage jobs in their communities."
The awards are not based solely on scorecard reporting, but on efforts recognized by LIDEA's legislative committee.
Formal presentation of the awards will take place in Baton Rouge on October 20 as part of LIDEA's annual conference.
LIDEA is a statewide professional trade organization whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Louisiana through professional development, public policy advocacy, networking, and collaboration with community and business stakeholders. More information can be found at www.lidea.org.
By Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Leaders out of the seven parishes from Baton Rouge to New Orleans joined Wednesday (Sept. 16) to voice support for a proposed passenger rail line connecting the state's two largest cities -- with stops along the way...
State Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans... said a passenger rail would help relieve congestion on Interstate 10, connect communities and provide better access via affordable transportation to health care and other amenities.
Moreover, he said, a passenger rail would provide better access to new jobs added along the corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge as part of the industrial development renaissance occurring in the parishes there.
Read the full article on NOLA.com here.
The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) honored Rep. Leger and some of his colleagues as Champions for Healthcare for the work they have done protecting access to quality care for their communities over the past four years. This past session, Rep. Leger was instrumental in championing for competing the construction of and fully funding the University Medical Center in New Orleans. Leger also serves as co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Health & Human Services Committee. NCSL is a national bipartisan organization dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures.
“We thank these senators and representatives for making patients and hospitals a priority and listening to a majority of their Louisiana constituents who oppose unsustainable healthcare budget cuts,” said LHA President & CEO Paul Salles. “Through their hard work, these Champions for Healthcare helped to avert a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, and they prevented proposed funding reductions for hospital emergency rooms, medically-fragile infants, rural providers and other life-saving services. Louisiana hospitals commend these legislators for their strong leadership on healthcare issues in Louisiana.”
For years Rep. Leger has been spearheading efforts to create a high-quality passenger rail line connecting New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He co-sponsored legislation to create the Louisiana Super Regional Rail Authority, and currently serves as a representative of Orleans Parish on the Commission. The Rail Authority was formed to deliver a project that will yield long term benefits by connecting a growing corridor and providing residents and commuters a reliable, safe and efficient alternative to traveling on the congested interstate.
According to the LSRRA, Passenger Rail Service in the Baton Rouge to New Orleans corridor would provide a number of benefits:
Please join the cause and sign the pledge to support passenger rail.
More at http://www.lsrra.org/.
The Aspen Institute announced that Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger, III has been selected to join the next class of Rodel Fellows, a highly selective public leadership program designed to bring together the top young 'rising stars' of American political life in a program that fosters bipartisanship, political civility, and opportunities for reflection on the great values of western democracy. The selection process singles out leaders who have established reputations for intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a willingness to reach across partisan divisions in carrying out their public responsibilities.
“It is truly an honor to have been selected to join such an esteemed group of leaders from across the country,” said Rep. Leger. “I look forward to digging in and honing my skills so that I may better serve my constituents and help lead Louisiana to a more prosperous future.”
The Rodel Fellowship program is open by invitation only, to men and women who hold a publicly elected office. Selected annually, each class will consist of 24 Fellows, 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats, identified by the Aspen Institute as America's most promising new public leaders, with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue. The two year program consists of at least three weekend-long seminars held at the Aspen Institute's facilities. There will also be week-long seminars in both China and the Middle East where Fellows will meet with regional leaders and learn about the challenges and opportunities those areas pose for the future of America.
The program is led by Mickey Edwards who spent 16 years in Congress as a member of the House Republican leadership, and then taught at Harvard's Kennedy School for 11 years. Mickey's passion is our form of democratic government which depends for its vitality on civil dialog between competing points of view.
In addition to Speaker Pro Tempore Leger, the new Rodel class includes New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Guided by experienced moderators, Aspen-Rodel Fellows will study and discuss a broad range of questions concerning the origin of American values, the tension between principle and compromise inherent in democracy, and the challenges of public leadership. The overseas segments will be a hands-on look at those very different cultures and their ambitions and fears.
The nearly 250 members of the fellowship include members of the President's Cabinet, governors, members of Congress, mayors of many of America's leading cities, statewide officials, and state legislators.
LSU Health New Orleans recognized Rep. Leger for his “superior leadership and exceptional support of fiscal and policy-related issues affecting LSU Health Sciences New Orleans during the 2015 Legislative Session. According to LSU Health New Orleans, Rep. Leger and fellow honored legislators played a critical role in preventing catastrophic reduction to the institution’s base budget. Rep.Leger and his colleagues supported funding to ensure that the LSU Health hospital’ private partners – University Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake and University Health in Lafayette – had the requisite resources to fulfill their role in training future health care professionals and providing health care to the most vulnerable citizens of our state, as well as funding for programs such as LSU Health New Orleans’ Louisiana Tumor Registry, its Breast and Cervical Health Program, and the Louisiana Cancer Center Consortium.
LSU Health New Orleans Foundation President and CEO Chad Leingang says these first- time awards are significant for several reasons. “No one would deny this past legislative session was extremely challenging on many levels. These six legislators went above and beyond to minimize the negative outcomes LSU Health New Orleans could have faced and instead kept us on a positive path moving forward.”
By Allan Katz and Danae Columbus in the Uptown Messenger
We like politicians who have a plan for New Orleans’s future. State Representative and House Speaker Pro Temp Walt Leger III definitely fits the bill. Though expected to easily win re-election for a third term at the Louisiana Legislature, Leger delivered thought-provoking remarks at his well-attended Audubon Tea Room fundraiser earlier this week that quickly set the tone for his political future, perhaps as a candidate for mayor in 2017.
Walt’s unique path to success has been carved out by generations of Legers. The family’s legacy of service was built on the Mississippi by his great-grandfather who was a ship captain, his river pilot grandfather, and his father Walt Jr., a highly successful corporate and maritime attorney.
Leger already espouses many of the traits we would want in our city’s future leader. He’s a proactive legislator, tough on crime, an advocate for children and families, fights for fairness and promotes juvenile justice, improved education and healthcare. Leger has received numerous awards from good government groups.
By establishing the Third Coast Political Action Committee, Leger is primed to maximize fundraising opportunities. A host of city’s high-profile political donors representing tourism, the legal community, labor and business turned out for the event. Among those spotted were Nancy Marsiglia, Bill Hines, Joe Bruno, Joe Jaeger, Ralph and Susan Brennan, Steve Pettus, Gary Solomon Jr., Steve Perry, Tiger Hammond, Blake Jones, Dan Forman, Nyka Scott, Norma Jane Sabiston, Adrian Bruno, Felicia Kahn, Mac Bauer and Dwight Barnes. Also present were elected officials Jared Brossett, Judge Chris Bruno and fellow legislators Helena Moreno and J.P. Morrell.
Leger had been talked about as a candidate for Attorney General before deciding to seek re-election. He will be one of dozens making their way to qualifying next Tuesday through Thursday either in Arthur Morrell’s office or at the Secretary of State in Baton Rouge. It will be a fun-filled three days with lots of excitement and surprises.
Read the full article in the Uptown Messenger here.
Rep. Leger was honored as a Whole Child Champion by the Childhood & Family Learning Foundation. According to NOLA.com, several people as well as schools were recognized for their contributions in support of the Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community program recently adopted by the 2015 state legislature.
Read the full NOLA.com article here.