I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a 4.00 GPA, earning thePresident’s Medal and a BA in International Business with minors in Economics andManagement. I’m also a graduate of the SLU Honors Program. As a student, I was anactive member of the Student Government Association and participated in manycommunity service events. Currently I am a graduate student pursuing a Master’s inBusiness Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, andhave maintained a 4.00 cumulative GPA throughout graduate school. Civic activitieshave always been a passion of mine, and I’m especially dedicated to improving thequality of life in my region.
I will fight to ensure adequate funding for better roads and highways, making theexpansion of I-55 a primary concern. This is necessary to reduce congestion in times of emergency evacuations, ease commutes for local residents who work in other areas andincrease the capacity for transportation throughout the region, which will foster economicdevelopment.
Studies from the Louisiana Health Insurance Services have shown that improvedawareness of programs such as LaChip has decreased the number of uninsured. We needto make more low-income workers aware of this program. Also, helping businesses pooltheir funds (and providing them with tax incentives to do so) will give them theopportunities to provide adequate health care coverage for all working families, which isessential when statistics have shown that the number of uninsured has actually increasedsince 2003.
The future health of our economy depends on a skilled workforce. Effective educators arethe backbone of our educational system. Thus, it is essential that we strive to keepeducators’ salaries above the Southern Regional Average so that our competent educatorswill remain in the state. I also support the expansion of Pre-K services which will promote the healthy development of at-risk youth.
To foster economic development, it is absolutely necessary to expand options for taxcredits to businesses and to work to expand the interstate system to ease the flow of transportation throughout the region. Our tax dollars need to be spent more wisely to preserve funding to afford more tax incentives for businesses.