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What Will You Do To Make Peace Your Cause?

Jul 1, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Our city's long epidemic of violence will only end when we join together and apply our combined efforts to solve the many facets of this problem. What will you do to help make peace our common cause? Tell us today.  Let's start a conversation [contact-form subject='Ideas for making peace our cause'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field ...

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No More Blood In The Streets

Jul 1, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Another summer evening erupts in gunfire, only this time it happens on what the world considers to be our stage, Bourbon Street. In the midst of summer celebrants and fun-seekers from all corners of the globe, bullets flew into a crowd injuring nine people this weekend. The story has now made national headlines As residents, we know this ...

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How Fatherhood Is Changing

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Yesterday, we celebrated the Fathers and Father-figures in our lives with the recognition that they deeply deserve. My father has had a tremendous affect on my life and my career, and I am so very thankful that he is in my life. The roles our parents play in nurturing and shaping our lives is immeasurable. Today's Fathers ...

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Under Jindal Admin Louisiana Tax Revenues Down 15% Since 2008, 5th Largest In Nation

Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Not to be cliche, but this one chart explains Louisiana's ongoing fiscal and budget disasters. Since the pre-recession peak, only four states have seen their state tax revenues fall farther than Louisiana. Despite announcements about new jobs and plant construction, Louisiana's state tax revenue has fallen over 15% in 7 years. That's less money for schools, for health care, ...

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NY Times Charles Blow: “Yes, All Men”

Jun 3, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

The New York Times' Charles Blow on feminism in America: "As I drove my son back to college last week, where he’ll take a summer chemistry course, he said something that struck me: “I believe it’s very important for everyone to be a feminist.” He didn’t say it for effect, to shock or provoke conversation. It ...

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Defective State Budget Hobbles Towards Passage

May 28, 2014 1 Comment ›› atuozzolo

Last year, I voted against the state budget for the first time in my 14 years of service. I did so because that budget was one in which good, fiscally-responsible solutions were consciously ignored in order to meet an ideological agenda. Worse, this agenda stood in contrast to the needs of the people of Louisiana. I called it ...

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CMS Rejection & No Medicaid Expansion Risk Jefferson Parish Hospital Leases

May 19, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

As Jefferson Parish continues to debate the lease of their public hospitals, East Bank Hospital Chair Sheriff Newell Normand expresses serious concern over UMC-LSU Hospital operator LCMC's fiscal health in light of the CMS rejection and lack of Medicaid Expansion: "Normand is concerned how uncertainty with the UMC deal will impact East Jefferson's efforts. The CMS rejection is ...

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AP: “Lafayette hospital privatization runs over budget”

May 12, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization deal for the LSU hospital in Lafayette was running $6 million over budget by April's end, with two months remaining in the fiscal year, raising questions about whether the contracts could cost more than anticipated. The overspending was detailed in an update to lawmakers about payments made for the outsourcing contracts involving ...

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Peterson’s Statement on Advancement of Equal Pay Bill

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

 BATON ROUGE - Today, the Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed SB334, a law designed to help bring equal pay for equal work to Louisiana: "Today is a big victory for Louisiana families as we continue the fight for fairness in the workplace," said Senator Peterson. "Because of the tireless efforts of grassroots advocates, our ...

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Women Earn 66 Cents Per Every Dollar A Man Makes In Louisiana

Apr 7, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Why equal pay is so important to Louisiana: "Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but women working full time, year round are typically paid less than full-time, year-round male workers in every state. Nationally, women working full time, year round typically make only 76.5 cents for every dollar a man makes and the size ...

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