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Leadership Tangipahoa

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Date Press Release
6/1/2016

Bevin B. Tabor's Letter to the Editor on the State Government Session

For Immediate Release:                                                       6/1/16
Contact:                                                                                 Angelique Richardson, CPA, NP, CGMA
                                                                                                985-542-7520
                                                                                                angelique.d.richardson@gmail.com

Bevin B. Tabor's Letter to the Editor on the State Government Session

Dear Editor,

Well the 2016 Leadership Tangipahoa class year has come to an end.  On Tuesday, May 17th, our class enjoyed the final class session in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol and the Governor's Mansion.  Our day was very informative and educational as we learned about our state government.

First our class arrived at the State Capitol where we were greeted by State Representative Steve Pugh.  Representative Pugh provided our class with a wonderful tour of the Capitol.  He spoke about the cost of building the current State Capitol at approximately $4 million which took about 14 months to complete.  Representative Pugh also spoke about the Huey Long Era and the infamous "bullet hole" in the marble column.  Our class also visited the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers where Representative Pugh briefly spoke about the duties of our 105 State Representatives and 38 Senators of Louisiana.  Did you know that a State Representative's annual salary is only $16,800?  With that being said, I would like to thank all of our elected Representatives and Senators for the work that they do each and every day and also thank you to Representative Pugh for the outstanding tour of the Capitol.

Next, our class traveled to the Governor's Mansion, where upon arrival we enjoyed the delicious Governor's Mansion chocolate chip cookies.  We then gathered in the dining room, where Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed us to the Mansion.  Our class enjoyed lunch graciously provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Tourist Commission and Executive Director, Carla Tate.  During lunch we heard from 1st Lady, Donna Edwards, Chief of State, Ben Nevers, and Representative Chris Broadwater. 

The 1st Lady, Donna Edwards, spoke of various projects going on around the Mansion.  She is working with the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans to bring local artwork into the Mansion.  The 1st Lady also spoke about a new website for children to keep up with the Governor's chicken coop called "Scoop on the Coop". 

Chief of Staff, Ben Nevers, spoke about the Special Session and current budget deficiencies while Representative Chris Broadwater informed our class about various Bills and future TOPS funding.  Also in attendance for lunch was Tangipahoa Parish President, Robby Miller, and Tangipahoa Parish Government CAO, Joe Thomas.  As an employee of Tangipahoa Parish Government, I would like to personally thank Mr. Miller and Mr. Thomas for allowing me to attend each monthly Leadership Tangipahoa class session this year.  Also a sincere thank you to Mr. Gordon Burgess, our previous Parish President, for allowing me to begin the Leadership program. 

After lunch our class toured the Governor's Mansion and heard all about the Mansion's history.  The Mansion was built in 1963, while Jimmie Davis was governor, and styled after Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA.  Our tour guide explained that each Governor residing in the Mansion has a special object or symbol in the beautiful mural in the foyer of the Mansion's main entrance.

Following the Mansion tour, our class traveled back to the Capitol to end our day.  Our class sat in on the House of Representative Full Chamber meeting and we were recognized by Representative Steve Pugh, Representative Sherman Mack, and Representative Robby Carter during the meeting.

As our day was busy, educational, and lengthy, this year spent with my Leadership Tangipahoa classmates has passed by way too quickly.  I have truly enjoyed every class session and would like to thank my awesome classmates for sharing this year with me.  From this experience, I have gained so much knowledge about our wonderful Parish and I encourage anyone interested in our community to consider Leadership Tangipahoa.  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 Leadership Tangipahoa class at www.leadershiptangi.org

On behalf of the Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2016, I would like to thank Nick Gagliano, Rhonda Sheridan, and Carla Tate for organizing each class session and taking great care of us all year.

Happy Graduation, Class of 2016!!

Sincerely,

Bevin B. Tabor
Accountant, Tangipahoa Parish Government
Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2016