Corruption Investigation into Jindal DHH Medicaid Contract Continuing

Jul 15, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

"Whistleblower said claims agreement ‘close’ to fraud" in a contracting case involving a $200m Medicaid contract signed by former Secretary of DHH, Bruce Greenstein. Greenstein resigned after the Federal and State investigations became public. "An anonymous whistleblower warned federal officials about problems “dangerously close” to fraud in connection with the state award of a lucrative, now-scrapped state ...

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See “Getting Back To Abnormal” from PBS POV

Jul 15, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

The race for the 2010 NOLA council District B seat was won by now-Council President Stacy Head. But that was hardly the whole story. Watch this insightful documentary on PBS tonight to get a smart look at New Orleans politics in 2010. Find out more here.

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Making “PowerMoves”

Jul 7, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

The lack of economic opportunity drives poverty. Building ladders of opportunity isn't just a proactive step to creating wealth for our communities, but also significantly addresses some of our city's challenges. The statistics are stark: We are a poor city in a poor state. This leaves little in the way of resources to improve our ...

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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 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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