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.
Senator Hewitt writes legislation to create Louisiana STEM initiative to push for more science, math and engineering students, especially among women
Louisiana is about to launch a new bid to elevate one of the hottest fields in education, and improve on the dismal number of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
The targeted careers -- known as STEM -- will be the topic of an influential panel authorized by the Legislature earlier this year, and set to hold its first meeting on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
You may have missed a spat Sunday between state Sen. Sharon Hewitt and Gov. John Bel Edwards, but I think it is worth bringing it to your attention, along with a fact check of some of Gov. Edwards’ claims.
Shortly before the Senate voted for the sales tax increase, Sen. Hewitt went to the floor to give a speech about the burden the state is placing on what she called “the everyday taxpayer.” Sen. Hewitt pointed out that in addition to the $466 million sales tax increase that the everyday taxpayer is receiving, we are also paying another $346 million in state income tax increases because of how Louisiana’s tax law interacts with federal tax reform.