Senate Candidate Mike Walsworth Leads the Way

August 9, 2007

Representative Mike Walsworth, now candidate for Senate District 33, is leading the way towards a better Louisiana. Walsworth has always been a strong advocate for better ethics in state government and is without any doubt the most fiscal conservative serving from Northeast Louisiana. These badly needed qualities in the State Legislature have been a career focus for Mike Walsworth since his first days as a State Representative, and now, supporting Blueprint Louisiana is an easy continuation for this Senate hopeful.
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Mike Walsworth is the first Legislator to come out in public support of Blueprint Louisiana. Providing leadership for the state has been Mike’s strong suit for quite sometime, but the “Good Old Boy” have fought against his morally driven efforts both tooth and nail. It has been this status quo that has held this state back for so many years and Mike has pledged his support for Blueprint Louisiana to help lead the fight toward a better Louisiana.

“I am serious about Louisiana having the nation’s best ethics laws. We cannot allow the good ole boy network to run things anymore”, says Mike Walsworth. That alone will be a change never seen in Louisiana, but Mike has other plans to make Louisiana even better.

Representing Ouachita Parish in the State House, Mike Walsworth has always been a strong advocate for better education in Louisiana. Ouachita Parish has the third best school system in the entire state. Along with leading the fight to lower the dropout rate in our schools, Mike Walsworth led the efforts to locate Delta Community College in Monroe, and going beyond his appointed duties, Mike Walsworth has been at the forefront of insuring the success of D’Arbonne Woods Charter School in Union Parish.

Not only has Mike kept our children’s best interest close to heart for a better education, Mike Walsworth has led the fight to improve healthcare for our children and his efforts have received STATE-WIDE honors for his hard work with LA CHIPS. These continued efforts will be even more important in the future given recent legislation (H.R.3162) in Washington, DC that will force scarce funds to be used to fund healthcare for illegal aliens.

Being a true fiscal conservative, Mike Walsworth made a valiant fight to control spending in Baton Rouge, as Democrats rammed an irresponsible budget through the Legislature. Mike wanted that budget to reflect the desperate need to lower a $14 BILLION dollar backlog in highway projects, but instead the spendthrifts chose to spend much of that money on luxury items that a state in such disrepair simply cannot afford. With some of the worst highways in the country, and a growing backlog of highway projects, that fight has simply got to continue, and with a new, like-minded Governor, responsible spending could actually be on the horizon. Mike Walsworth co-authored legislation that would put hundreds of millions of dollars into new highway projects and Mike authored HB 626 which created the Ouachita Expressway Commission.

By partnering with Blueprint Louisiana and the next Governor of Louisiana, everything that Mike Walsworth has been fighting for will now get more help. Blueprint Louisiana has five main focus points which mirror Mike Walsworth’s goals.


#1: Adopt the Nation’s Best Ethics Laws

Louisiana’s history of public corruption continues to harm our image, and national rankings highlight the real weaknesses in our governmental ethics laws. A bold statement on ethics is needed to bolster our citizens’ trust in government and improve the state’s reputation. To establish Louisiana as a national model for ethics in government, existing laws must be strengthened significantly with (1) legislative financial disclosure, (2) enhanced lobbyist regulation, (3) transparency in state funding of local projects, and (4) increased resources for prevention and enforcement by the independent ethics board.

#2: Prepare Students for a Lifetime of Success

Student achievement in Louisiana continues to lag well behind the national average. To provide a strong foundation, Louisiana should continue to expand our nationally recognized pre-kindergarten program shown to dramatically improve student achievement. At the other end of the spectrum, we must do more to prepare students for careers and college, while decreasing the drop-out rate. Giving all our four-year-olds access to a good educational start must be followed by sustained support that leads to graduation and future success.

#3: Develop the Skilled Workforce We Need

An alarming “skills gap” exists in Louisiana. Too many citizens lack the skills they need to earn a good living, and too many employers can’t find prepared workers to fill open jobs. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System, with campuses across the state, is well positioned to direct the high-demand, industry-sensitive workforce training we need. By improving coordination with industry leaders and developing “rapid response” capacity, our community and technical colleges can prepare our citizens for greater success in the workplace and provide Louisiana companies with skilled workers to grow their businesses. #4: Provide First-Class Access to Health Care

Our state-run health care “safety net” fails to provide adequate access to care. All of our patients, insured and uninsured, deserve a health care system that meets their needs. Responsibility for providing care to the uninsured should be shared by the private and public sectors, with an emphasis on local governance, allowing LSU to focus on world-class medical education and research.

#5: Build a Superior Transportation System

Louisiana”s roads are repeatedly rated among the worst in the nation. The poor condition of our transportation system is hurting our economy and making us all miserable. The backlog of projects is $14 billion. We need to fix traffic gridlock and make Louisiana a transportation hub for the nation. Existing transportation revenues should be dedicated to transportation projects, and we should develop mega-projects with toll-generated revenues to speed up large-scale transportation needs in a cost-effective, timely manner.


US Fed News Service, Including US State News April 12, 2006 California State University San Bernardino issued the following press release:

Cal State San Bernardino will soon initiate the second phase of its planned parking fee program to fund the construction of two new parking structures, a new parking services building and a new road that will encircle the north side of campus and connect to existing roads.

The next phase of the parking fee program will go into effect with the 2006-2007 academic year that begins July 1. The fees will go directly to finance construction of the new road, the parking services building and both the four-level parking structures, which will accommodate 750 vehicles each and will increase campus parking capacity from the current 6,500 parking spaces to 8,000.

Monthly parking rates will increase from $22 per month to $24 in 2006-2007, while daily fees will go from $3 to $4. The final phase of the parking fee increase program is planned for 2008-2009. Parking fees are used exclusively for the construction, operation and maintenance of parking facilities, said David DeMauro, CSUSB vice president of administration and finance.

The parking fee increase was recommended by the Campus Fee Advisory Committee in March 2004. The committee is comprised largely of CSUSB students, along with faculty and staff.

The expanded parking facilities will help accommodate the university’s anticipated growth in enrollment and will better accommodate the entire campus community. The student population at CSUSB has increased nearly 25 percent over the past six years to more than 16,400 students this year. Annual total student enrollment is expected to reach 20,000 by the end of the decade.

Even with the increase, compared to other campuses in the California State University system, Cal State San Bernardino will continue to have among the lowest parking fees in the system. There are 14 CSU campuses with higher monthly rates than CSUSB, and only four of the 23 CSU campuses – East Bay, Humboldt, Monterey Bay and the Maritime Academy – have daily parking rates that are less than the new San Bernardino rate.

The parking structures will be located along a new perimeter road that will encircle the campus in high-traffic areas – one near Coussoulis Arena and the other near the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum. Construction is tentatively slated to begin later this year. The project also will include a parking services building. The total project cost is estimated at $32 million. website best parking nyc

The parking fee increase will not impact faculty and staff employees represented by current bargaining contracts. However, it will apply to students, visitors and non-represented employees, including management, Foundation and student union employees.

Parking permits are required at CSUSB 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The university does not provide a grace period for motorists not displaying a parking permit.


Look at it this way, beagles could generally be bought off with inexpensive milkbones, human politicians require money, i.e. $90k of frozen cash to keep steaks tender in the freezer. I wonder if a state legislature full of beagles would be better than what we currently have.....


Nick, Always the wise Conservative Cajun. I have six beagles, but they would all vote for Mike. ;) Seriously, I know Mike very well, and he is one that makes supporting term limits very difficult. He has faught the spendthrifts consistently. He has done all the right things, but was simply out voted by those that make me support term limits. I think the best formula would include term limiting those VOTERS that continually elect the same "good old boys" that have kept this state in last place.


In a situation like that, obviously Walsworth is the better choice. It's a shame, though, that the only two people running for that Senate seat are both chamber jumpers. We have three candidates for Senate in my district, Morrish (R) and Pinac (D) are both term-limited out the House and Mark Alexander, a Republican who's never run for a state office. Alexander has my support, but of course, I'd support my neighbors' beagle if it ran against the other two chamber jumpers. But of course, I see the delima in your district. It's a shame.


Nick, I have the utmost respect for your opinion. You ARE the Conservative Cajun. Please take this in to consideration. There are only two candidates in this race, Representatives Mike Walsworth and Charles McDonald. Both have been term limited. McDonald has been in the House for 13 yrs and Walsworth 11yrs. On Jeff Sadow's website, he made an analysis of all the legislators. On a scale of "0" to "100", "0" being the most liberal, and "100" being the most conservative, McDonald scored "15" and Walsworth scored "90". Which one would you vote for?


My only issue with him is that he's simply chamber-jumping because he's term-limited in the House. I know term limits are not the cure all. However, something drastic, in my opinion, needs to be done to change the politics in Louisiana, and to me one good first step is to keep every term limited House member, regardless of party affiliation, from chamber jumping into the Senate. Yes, the good would suffer with the bad. However, I feel more good would come from such a strategy than simply recycling people we know haven't help lead Louisiana out of the good ole boy politics.

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