Jim Pittman 
Member since Jul 22, 2014

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Re: “Measuring Louisiana's 'fiscal cliff'

Ranked 49th in the U.S. in health with a 23 percent adult smoking rate (U.S. average is 15 percent), Louisiana's annual cost directly caused by smoking is 7.2K lives and $1.89 billion for healthcare - and annual smoking-caused productivity losses is an additional $2.05 billion. Meanwhile, our cigarette tax remains $1.08 (U.S. average is $1.72). Why not #TaxSmokesFundTOPS?

Here's the obvious solution for Louisiana legislators to reduce cost and fully-fund the TOPS program:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

Posted by Jim Pittman on 02/24/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Clancy DuBos: Pat Taylor's legacy

What constitutes a family of "means"? How many middle-income families in Louisiana sacrifice all future savings to send their children to Catholic and private schools while also funding a failing public schools system? The last time I checked, anybody that met the academic and testing requirements would qualify for a TOPS scholarship. Perhaps those requirements need to be a little tougher. The outcome for our elected officials should always be to keep families and students rooted in Louisiana -- and avoid brain-drain. If budgeting for the program remains a challenge after tightening up the academic and testing requirements, here's a solution to fund the TOPS scholarship program that provides a 'win-win' for the entire state of Louisiana: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 04/17/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Pat Taylor’s legacy

SHOW OF HANDS: With the hope of a TOPS scholarship for those children that EARNED it, how many hard-working families struggled to invest in alternatives to a failing Louisiana public school system (grades K-12)? How many sacrificed potential college savings to keep their families rooted in Louisiana (especially after Katrina) when public schools in Texas were providing quality education for FREE? How many Louisiana Citizens for TOPS Funding consider yourselves "well-off" or "ahead"?

I have no problem with raising the academic standards to earn the scholarship. Here's an obvious solution to fund the TOPS scholarship program now and long-term: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

Posted by Jim Pittman on 04/15/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “College bind: after TOPS cuts, how Louisiana students pay for college

Sad. In the meantime, the least healthy state in the United States has only the 33rd highest tax on a pack of smokes. Why? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 09/26/2016 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Commentary: 'Yet another shell game'

Louisiana consistently ranks as the least healthy state in the nation. Imagine the long-term health and economic impact if Louisiana legislators simply raised our cigarette tax to the national average ($1.61). https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

Posted by Jim Pittman on 05/16/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Another task force study on Louisiana budget issues?

Clancy, Imagine the health and economic impact for Louisiana if our legislators simply raised the cigarette tax of the least healthy state in the country to the national average ($1.61): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 04/04/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Blakeview: Hotel Dieu

More info about the Daughters of Charity Health Centers - now with 9 locations throughout NOLA, www.dchcno.org

Posted by Jim Pittman on 05/12/2015 at 10:08 PM

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