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Senator Jack Donahue Newsletter - For Bob Favret and More on Streamlining Commission PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 09 2010 - 4:22 pm

On February 2, my lifelong friend and business partner for the past 27 years, Bob Favret, died after a five month battle with a blood disease related to the many years of chemotherapy he endured.  His passing is a true loss to the construction industry and the community.  Bob will be missed as a trusted business partner by the three remaining partners of DonahueFavret Contractors…John, Maura and me.  He will especially be missed as the dear friend he was to each of us. Please keep Bob and his family in your prayers.  

We held a very successful fundraiser this past Monday evening at The Lake House in Mandeville and will follow up with one in Hammond at Jacmel next Monday, the 15th and a third one in Slidell at Bayou Oaks Plantation on Wednesday, the 24th.  Tickets are $250 per couple for each event.  If you are interested in attending any of these functions, please let me know.  Your help will be greatly appreciated as these fundraisers will kick off my 2012 reelection campaign!

As the start of the upcoming session draws near, I am preparing to follow through on some of the recommendations presented by the Streamlining Commission.  I was very pleased and encouraged to see the Governor use many of our recommendations in his recently released state budget.

2010 is the year of a population count in the form of a national census for our country.  The census will be completed in 2010 and the boundaries of the new legislative districts will be drawn up early in 2011.  There are some anticipated changes in the number of legislative districts resulting from the census.  On the Senate side those districts will be established by the Senate and Government Affairs Committee.  I am very pleased to represent the Northshore on that seven member Committee.  You can count on me to make sure that the Northshore is well protected and treated fairly.

 As you have already heard, this session will be a difficult one because of the size of the cuts required to achieve a balanced budget.  The cutting will help us to bring down the size of the state government.  The tricky part will be to do the cutting while maintaining our priorities in Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure.  

It is my intention to send weekly updates, as I did last year, during the session to keep you informed as to my view of the proceedings.  I would appreciate it if you would share with me your thoughts and opinions of the issues as the session unfolds.