Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards hosted a final meeting in his statewide tour of meetings with business leaders and elected officials from the Lake Charles area. The governor has traveled the state of Louisiana seeking input with the goal of stabilizing and reforming the state budget to avoid the upcoming $1 billion fiscal cliff. Today’s meeting was the tenth overall that Gov. Edwards has hosted around Louisiana.

“As we have traveled the state meeting with local officials and business leaders, I am more confident than ever that we will be able to piece together the solution to enacting meaningful budget stabilization and reform,” said Gov. Edwards. “The looming $1 billion fiscal cliff cannot be solved without the input and ideation of as many people as possible. As I have said before, my door is open to anyone and everyone with serious ideas about how we can work together to provide long-term stability to our state.  I appreciate the open dialogue and honest discussions we’ve been able to facilitate with individuals from all walks of life.  While we may not agree on every issue, the notion that meaningful reform is needed was a theme at every meeting.  I am committed to working toward that goal, and will take what we’ve heard throughout the state as we develop a plan of action.”

Today’s participants were:

Kristy Armand  
Healthy Image Public Relations and Thrive Magazine

Celia Case Broussard
Louisiana Radio Communications

Mike Buckley
Golden Nugget

Barbara DuBose
The Perfect Fit

Phil Earhart
Iberia Bank

Ken Francis
Lake Charles Coca Cola Bottling

Jason French
Tellurian-Driftwood LNG

Gary Gobert
Lake City Trucking

Mike Harmison
Lakeside Bank

Mike Hayes       

Jack Hebert
Allstar Pontiac GMC

Thomas Henning
Stockwell Sievert Law Firm

Mrs. Tobie Hodgkins
Century 21 Bessettee Realty

Jim Hoskins
Golden Nugget

Lindsey Janies
Lindsey Janies Photography

Lester Langley
Langley-Williams, CPA

Claude “Buddy” Leach
Sweet Lake Land/Oil      

Brent Lumpkin 
Lumpkin Properties

Chester "Lee" Mallett
Mallett Truss

Jim McGeough
Whitney Bank

Ethan Miller
Advanced Audio Video Technologies

Richard Neal
Golden Nugget

John Nichols
First National Bank of DeRidder

Denise Rau
Rau Financial Services

Homer Robin
Freshko Foodservice, Inc.

Rodney "Poncho" Seaford
Business First Bank

Phillip Tarver  
Lake Charles Toyota

Troy Trahan
Trahan Construction Company

Rob Price III
Dunham Price Group, LLC

Eric Tarver
Lake Charles Toyota

Keith DuRousseau
Keiland Construction