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Fix the Debt announces new state chapter in Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS, La., (KNOE 8 News) – The Campaign to Fix the Debt, a national nonpartisan coalition of more than 340,000 business leaders, elected officials, community leaders and concerned individuals, has announced the launch of its newest state chapter in Louisiana. The new Louisiana chapter joins Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, Utah and Virginia in launching this week, bringing the total number of state chapters to 23. On the heels of the recent deal forged by Congress and the White House, members of Fix the Debt—Louisiana are calling on federal lawmakers to work together on a comprehensive debt and deficit reduction plan.

Fix the Debt—Louisiana steering committee members kicked-off the campaign at in New Orleans, urging lawmakers in Washington to put aside political differences to find practical solutions to stabilize the national debt and encourage Louisianans to call on their Members of Congress to take action.

"We have an opportunity to forge bipartisan reform that will address America's long-term debt while lifting the American economy for decades to come," said Fix the Debt--Louisiana state co-chair Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans. "We need a balanced approach. Working with local small businesses, elected officials, advocates and private citizens, Fix the Debt–Louisiana will continue to urge lawmakers to take the path of bipartisanship and balance to create a serious and sustainable debt reduction plan."

Though Congress and the White House narrowly avoided going over the "fiscal cliff" on January 1 by coming to an agreement on taxes and postponing sequestration, there is still work to be done to ensure the financial health of the nation. If a deal is not reached, sequestration cuts would force 28,000 Louisianans out of work and slash funding for necessary local programs like education and public housing. Furthermore, many experts believe sequestration cuts could plunge the United States back into a recession.

"While Congress and the White House were able to reach an agreement to prevent taxes from going up on Louisiana's middle class, it is important that our lawmakers get back to the negotiating table and continue their work to address the deficit and debt," said Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III, member of the Louisiana Steering Committee. "Louisiana families and businesses cannot afford inaction. Lawmakers need to put aside their political differences, stop putting off the tough decisions, and create a sustainable debt reduction plan now."

"We are excited with the groundswell of support in Louisiana," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head the Campaign to Fix the Debt. "In order to put our debt on a sustainable path, elected officials are going to have to make tough choices. These choices will be made easier if they know that the people they represent do indeed value cooperation and demand a long-term, comprehensive agreement over our debt."

Through grassroots organizing, earned media activities and high-profile outreach by the 23 Fix the Debt state chapters and beyond, the Campaign to Fix the Debt is urging lawmakers to set aside political differences to formulate practical solutions to our nation's debt problems.

The Louisiana Steering Committee of the Campaign to Fix the Debt includes:

Mayor Mitchell Landrieu – City of New Orleans, Co-chair

State Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell

State Representative Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III

Mayor Randy Roach – City of Lake Charles

Council member Jackie Clarkson - City of New Orleans

Jay Bennet Johnson, Former US Senator

Herschel Abbott – Former President of Bell South Louisiana

Michael Olivier – Committee of 100

Dominik Knoll , CEO of World Trade Center of New Orleans

Ben Johnson, President & CEO of New Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Brad Fortier, President of Fortier Financial

Paul Flower, President and CEO of Woodward Design+Build

Al Herrera, Vice-President of IPS Corp

Cleveland Spears, President of Spears Consulting Group

William H. Hines, Managing Partner of Jones Walker

Pat LeBlanc, Partner at LeBlanc Butler LLC

Demetric Mercadel, Entergy New Orleans, Inc. 

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