Two Louisiana Masters Honored By White House

Jul 9, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Louisiana is the home to some of this nation's most unique cultural treasures. In so many traditions, including music, food, the visual arts and the written word, Louisiana is responsible for an incredible richness of productivity and inspiration. This month, two Louisiana cultural masters will be honored by President Obama for their contributions to America. Mr. Allen Toussaint, ...

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Staying NOLAReady During Hurricane Season

Jul 8, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Being Prepared is Paramount The 2013 Hurricane Season has begun and if you haven't taken the necessary steps to get ready, now is definitely the time. Equipping yourself with the right materials and knowledge can save lives and property. Even with constant reminders, and the annual hurricane cycle, some folks simply aren't prepared when a storm is approaching. ...

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Louisiana Women Need More Voices In Government

Jun 30, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Women need to have more voices in Louisiana's government. A new report makes this clear: Louisiana may have gender parity amongst its United States senators, but in state government, men still rule. In fact, Louisiana has the smallest proportion of women in its Legislature. A host of factors have been proposed as reasons why Louisiana women are ...

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Equal Pay Act Signed Into Law

Jun 19, 2013 1 Comment ›› atuozzolo

In a step towards equality in Louisiana, SB 153 became law today, bringing equal pay protections for Louisiana's public employees and serving as a strong example that Louisiana is finally taking positive steps to close the wage gap. Women in Louisiana make 69 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earn. This makes Louisiana's gender ...

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Independent Women’s Organization Of New Orleans Hosts Senator Landrieu!

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Last Saturday, I had the honor of introducing Senator Mary Landrieu to over 200 members of the New Orleans Independent Women's Organization in New Orleans East. Check out the Advocate article: You could call it the unofficial launch of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign. The Louisiana senator came to a meeting of the Independent Women’s Organization in ...

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Important Legislative Victories For New Orleans

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

I wanted to share with some of the positive outcomes for New Orleans that emerged from this year's legislative session. Through the cooperative work of the entire Orleans Delegation, we were able to promote strong reform measures, protect vital local resources, and secure much-needed progress on several critical economic issues. Sewerage And Water Board Reform I have been ...

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Still A Budget By Default: We Can Do Better

Jun 6, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

For the first time in my 13 years of service, I have cast a vote against a state budget. And I want to tell you why. The budget process is never perfect. The process at its core is a compromise between competing interests. However, this year is different. By constraining our options, and ignoring some hard truths, this budget ...

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Capital Projects Approved By Senate For District 5

Jun 3, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Despite the State's ongoing fiscal difficulties, we cannot ignore the critical infrastructure needs at home. This week, the Senate finished work on a capital budget for the next financial year. I'm happy to announce that District 5 could see over $75m in newly approved capital projects. Below, I've listed some of the initiatives that have been approved ...

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Statement On HB533 Comments

May 30, 2013 3 Comments ›› atuozzolo

Statement from Karen Carter Peterson, Senator - District 5: "I think we should judge a policy by its content, not the person proposing it. To be clear, I didn't call any person “racist.” Rather, I was simply relaying the truth about conversations I've had with my colleagues and the factors they considered on the expansion of ...

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Arizona, Iowa And California Embrace Health Care Reform

May 28, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Good news for health care in the United States! States on the vanguard of reform are producing impressive results in early implementation of the Affordable Care Act. And as states see these positive results, more are deciding to take advantage to benefit of their citizens. The California Test Case California state government is working in concert with dedicated ...

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