Baton Rouge, LA – United States Senator, David Vitter, spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, June 16, 2014.
Five months ago, in January, Mr. Vitter announced his intention to run for Governor of Louisiana.
Vitter feels that his work is critical in the U.S. Senate. He doesn’t believe running for governor will detract from his work in the nations capital.
A key critical challenge for the state of Louisiana is flood insurance. Vitter reports that he has been successful at keeping completely unaffordable rates at bay.
Vitter says he can have a huge positive impact as the next governor of Louisiana. He says there are challenges and opportunities. He claims that Louisiana can be part of a new renaissance in American energy activity.
Vitter feels that the dysfunction in Washington D.C. is what keeps the nation from moving forward.
“Listening to the people of Louisiana,” is the method Vitter wants to use to prepare for a governorship. His town hall meetings currently number 358 in every county plus 153 telephone town hall meetings from Washington. He calls these and his round tables, “engagement sessions.”
K-12 needs more focused additional efforts and the early grades need a strong start, according to Vitter. Only 34 percent nationally read at or above grade level and in Louisiana only 23 percent do so.
Vitter said devaluing jobs without college degrees is “wrong.” Welders new to the business can make $60,000 per year growing to around $100,000 in a few years.
“The state budget has been held together in the last few years by sowing yarn and scotch tape.” Honesty and transparency are still the method to use says Senator Vitter.
Louisiana has a $12-13 billion infrastructure backlog which is the backbone of it’s economy.
“I’m excited that we have the best business environment for growing good jobs in Louisiana in my lifetime and it‘s beginning to pay big dividends.” Corruption and cronyism is still a problem in Louisiana, says Vitter.
“Fortune magazine just rated Louisiana the second most corrupt state in the nation.” Corruption gets worse as you attack it, according to Vitter.
“We need to attack a very dark cloud remaining in our business climate, the litigation environment in Louisiana, marked by the regular threat of frivolous and harassing lawsuits,” states Vitter.
Senator Vitter made two solemn pledges: 1: “This will be my last political job, elected or appointed, period.” 2. “I will lead.”
As governor, Vitter wants to do what is best for all Louisianians “from our best and brightest to our most vulnerable.”