NEW ROADS — Louisiana must continue to improve its education system to foster more economic growth, state Rep. Major Thibaut said after he was re-elected without opposition to the House District 18 seat when qualifying closed Sept. 8.
Thibaut won the seat in 2008 after Don Cazayoux was selected as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.
Thibaut said the greatest needs of his district are improving education and infrastructure, and education is a key factor in reducing poverty in the state.
To foster economic growth, the Legislature also should continue to pass legislation that will invite businesses to locate in Louisiana, such as tax incentives, or remove barriers to business growth, Thibaut said.
“And continue to improve education, which will provide a better educated work force,” he said.
In the current political environment, new taxes will be hard to pass, he said.
“I think we have to continue looking at cutting spending, as well as some of the tax incentives we give to see if they are really necessary,” he said.
Thibaut said he cannot think of any services that should be eliminated to balance the budget, but he said the state, through better technology and planning, can perhaps deliver “more with less.”
Thibaut said he considers fee increases the same as tax increases.
“In a way, I do. They’re all affecting the consumer, be it an 18-year-old student, or a 35-year-old grad student, or a driver’s license for a senior,” he said.
Democrat, New Roads.
34, insurance and financial services.
EDUCATION: B.A., LSU.
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: School Board member, state representative.
WHERE TO VOTE
Ward/Precinct and location
31 Council on Aging
32 Iberville Parish Library
Pointe Coupee Parish
West Baton Rouge Parish
01A Addis Fire Station
01B Addis Fire Station
04 Brusly Elementary
16 Lobdell Fire Station
18 Port Allen High
19 Chamberlin School
20 Rosehill Fire Station
21 Erwinville Community Center/ Shelter
22 Erwinville Community Center/ Shelter
West Feliciana Parish
4-1 Tunica Fire Station