Those of us living along the coast already know the harsh facts. Louisiana is losing 25 to 35 square miles of wetlands each year. If we don’t act soon, an area nearly the size of Rhode Island will be underwater by 2050.
That's why I've made coastal protection and restoration a priority.
Coastal erosion affects us all- from Shreveport to New Orleans. Our working coast is the backbone of our state’s economy, and our wetland loss could cost the nation $36.6 billion from lost public use value over the next 50 years.* Our wetlands also act as a buffer to storm surge and play an important role in reducing flooding during hurricanes.
I sponsored the legislation that approves the 2013-2014 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration. After considerable public input, the plan was approved by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Board in March and submitted to the Legislature April 22, 2013.
This First Annual Plan reflects the priorities of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, and it includes more construction for restoration than we have ever seen before. Approximately 117 projects represent a $767 million investment in our coast for FY 2014 alone.
Join me in the fight to save our coast.
Economic development is not just a catchphrase; it touches virtually every issue in Louisiana, from crime to education.
I have focused his energy on growing the economy from the middle out, by supporting Louisiana’s backbone – small businesses.
As Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, I have strived to be one of the state’s greatest champions for economic opportunity. An avid proponent of innovative programs, workforce development, infrastructure improvements, and fair employment practices, I have sponsored and supported dozens of pieces of legislation to strengthen Louisiana’s economy and help its people prosper.
Much more, visit www.legis.la.gov to find all the bills sponsored by Walt.
The hard-working people of Louisiana are entitled to the American Dream, which begins with access to well-paying jobs. Walt grew up with a strong work ethic, and he knows what can be accomplished with determination and a helping hand. That’s why he has focused on creating employment opportunities, providing quality education and job training, and offering affordable healthcare options that fit in Louisianans’ budgets.
By taking care of our local business owners and ensuring that visionaries are able to break into the market, we can ensure a far brighter and more secure future for Louisiana’s economy. Walt’s seen what small businesses can achieve when they are able to overcome financial and bureaucratic obstacles. As a founding board member of DesireNOLA, he worked side-by-side with small businesses to get them back on their feet following Hurricane Katrina.
As a former felony prosecutor, I've spent a lot of time prosecuting violent offenders and drug traffickers. I am personally aware of the challenges our criminal justice system faces. Too often, we see that our city officials are not properly prepared and empowered to enforce the law. It is my mission as your representative to make sure that they are.
The Legislature partially funds the police and the District Attorney’s office. The Judiciary Committee has oversight for both. I conduct hearings in Baton Rouge to hold them accountable, and I am determined to see crime diminish over the next five years. With your support, I can ensure the safety of our streets for years to come.
I have many visions for rectifying our criminal justice system, and I am motivated each day to fight for the community that I have served for nearly seven years. Please join me in my fight, and let’s take a stand together against violent crime in New Orleans.
Early childhood education programs are an important foundation for long-term educational success. We must work to ensure that Pre-K is available to all children. We should enhance student opportunities to enroll in programs promoting workforce training and coursework in universities and community colleges for our high school students.
Every high school student should be prepared for post-secondary education…whether in a traditional university setting or in the technical and community college programs that teach specific job skills. We must prepare our students for the highly skilled, well-paying jobs that the Rebirth of New Orleans will demand!
Everyone should have access to the best possible healthcare. With Governor Jindal making devastating cuts to healthcare by rejecting Louisiana’s inclusion in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, we must continue to work together across party lines and tackle the big issues that remain. In April of 2013, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) and I filed House Bill 532 and House Bill 533, two constitutional amendments that would help stabilize Louisiana’s healthcare delivery system. This legislation will make it easier for Louisiana’s hospitals to generate a stable source of funding by allowing them to make investments in order to get additional dollars from the federal government. More specifically, House Bill 532 will create the Louisiana Hospital Stabilization Formula and Fund to more effectively fund hospital care for Medicaid and uninsured patients.
The health care constitutional amendments will expand access to Medicaid coverage for 400,000 Louisianans, including providing insurance for uninsured children and working parents. The legislation will also create 15,600 new jobs and $1.8 billion in additional economic activity.
Both pieces of legislation are constitutional amendments that voters will be able to approve in the 2014 statewide election. So it is now up to you, the public, to Vote Yes to Healthcare!