Local members of the state legislature spoke Thursday to a packed house gathered at Tchefuncta Country Club for what was supposed to be a legislative “wrap-up luncheon” staged by the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.
But with the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 yet to be approved, the luncheon was more of a chance for six area legislators, all Republicans, to offer their ideas on compromises and to throw a few darts at Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA / WGMB) - Governor John Bel Edwards and legislators continue to look for common ground on how to deal with the proposed budget which features about 600 million dollars in cuts.
But some of the republican leadership have questioned whether those cuts are real. Senator Sharon Hewitt, a Republican from Slidell is one of them.
She sits on the Finance Committee that was presented to the Governor's proposal back in January.
That's when the Senator and the Governor got into a terse exchange. Governor Edwards told Hewitt that he can explain it to her, but that he couldn't understand it for her, to which she responded "That's insulting."
The new year is a time to reflect on the past and resolve to make positive change in the future. As I reflect on an issue that is of utmost importance to many coastal communities — coastal restoration — I am somewhat saddened that the primary solution offered by our state leadership has been to encourage lawyers to file hasty and ill-conceived lawsuits in hopes of a big, quick payday and a potential fill for some budget holes.
The Pelican News: An Interview with Senator Sharon Hewitt
District 1 Senator Sharon Hewitt came to the Louisiana State Senate as a recognized civic and community leader with decades of volunteer service to area children and families. The Lake Charles native and long-time resident of Slidell holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from LSU. As an engineering executive, Senator Hewitt managed major deep-water assets in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell and earned a reputation as a passionate, committed problem solver.
Senator Sharon Hewitt delivers keynote address to Bossier Chamber's Education & Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in STEM
Education & Innovation Luncheon: Senator Sharon Hewitt encourages female STEM students
Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt highlights Education & Innovation event
For the second year, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted the Education & Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in Stem, sponsored by Bossier Parish Community College along with Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Benteler Steel/Tube, Cyber Innovation Center, Forte and Tablada, and Northwestern State University.
This luncheon, highlighted STEM education as well as the STEM job sector — an industry expected to grow faster than other occupations in the next decade but one which is lacking in female representation.