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Representative Valarie Hodges

Dear Friends,

     I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the 2012-2013 legislative session. I am committed to work hard to find solutions for traffic, roads, economic development, and to create jobs and support the great educational system in our district. I am honored to have the responsibility of representing the interest of families, students, and businesses in District 64. We are seeing a tremendous amount of improvement to our roads, increased funding for public education, the opposition of tax increases, and an exceptional environment filled with new economic growth. I appreciate your vote of confidence as I continue to be your voice in the Legislature.
     The 2013 legislative session was what we call a “fiscal session” during which the main focus is the budget. Our attention was devoted to making responsible decisions to address the state’s $165 million deficit from fiscal year 2012-2013 and $1.2 billion shortfall for 2013-2014. The Legislature worked to keep taxes down, eliminate dependence on one-time revenue and reduced over-all state spending by $1.3 billion. We witnessed a historic moment when the House unanimously passed the budget, an event that could only occur through cooperation of the House and Senate. To view the line item vetoes and explanations made by the Governor, go to http://gov.louisiana.gov.
     For the first time in five years Legislators approved additional revenue for public schools adding $69 million to the MFP with a recurring rate increase of 2.75% annually. 50% of these funds will go to Certified Teachers and 50% will go to the school board to be used for various purposes. Livingston Parish, Central, and Zachary schools are known to have some of the best education systems in the state, each offering our children quality education. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System is working to bring Community College facilities to Livingston Parish and the new Hooper Road campus of the Baton Rouge Community College and workforce training center have been approved to include helicopter pilot training and airplane mechanics.
     Funding was approved for several major road projects that will improve the traffic flow in our area. These improvements will make our District more desirable for new businesses and aid our economic growth.

You may continue to learn about the results of the 2013 Session by visiting:  http://www.legis.la.gov.

Again, I would like to thank you for your support and the privilege to serve you in the Legislature. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any issue that affects our district or Louisiana. As always, I welcome your comments and thank you for expressing your concerns and recommendations. You can email my office at hodgesv@legis.la.gov.

Sincerely Yours,
Valarie
Valarie Hodges, Louisiana State Representative

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