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Defective State Budget Hobbles Towards Passage

May 28, 2014 2 Comments ›› 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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“The Healing Power of Improvisation”

Apr 7, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

46 years ago this past week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was senselessly gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee.King was in town supporting sanitation workers who were striking for better working conditions and pay. When that assassin's bullet struck King down, the nation simultaneously mourned and raged.  At the height of the passions, Senator Robert Kennedy, then ...

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Louisiana Lags In Women Business Owners

Apr 2, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Economic empowerment is an essential tool for raising living standards and for battling poverty. By almost any measure, Louisiana has a long way to go in terms of economic equality and the eradication of poverty. One vital measure of progress is the breadth of small business success. New Orleans has seen steady progress in the expansion of ...

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More than 7 million Get Covered Through Marketplace

Apr 2, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

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Keeping Tabs On The 2014 Session

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

The 2014 Legislative began on Monday and will run through June 2nd. For the next three months, both Houses of the Legislature will confront many critical issues, large and small, that affect everyday Louisianians. But the action isn't just in the Capitol. Your voice is essential in this process. And it is vital that you stay informed. ...

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Outlining Legislative Priorities 2014

Feb 13, 2014 1 Comment ›› atuozzolo

This week, as Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, I spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club about our party's legislative priorities. Our state continues to suffer from inadequate access to health care, too many working Louisianians living in poverty,  and a yawning wage disparity between men and women. To address these issues, our party is focusing ...

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