Secretary of the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Stephen Moret joins Jim in studio today as the lone guest for Hour One of today's show. Come Monday, Moret's stepping down as LED Secretary and will take over as the new President & CEO of the LSU Foundation.
Stephen talks with Jim about the state of Louisiana's economy, current economic legislation at the Capitol, and what the future has in store for the LED. Looking back over his seven years as LED Secretary, Moret says he's proud of his contributions in helping to bring to Louisiana such businesses as EA Sports, Bell Helicopter, and IBM. However, Moret says his best memories were made in helping Louisiana residents find careers and the "best possible job opportunity" that they could in Louisiana. Moret wraps up the hour by revealing to Jim some of the upcoming plans and ideas he has for his new role as President & CEO of the LSU Foundation.
Film Director Bernard Rose is the first guest in the second hour of today's show, and he joins us over the phone from Southern California to chat with Jim about his upcoming film release. Rose is coming to Baton Rouge this week for the American premiere of his new film Frankenstein at the Louisiana International Film Festival. Frankenstein premiere's Saturday May 9th at 9:30pm CST at the Cinemark Theaters at Perkins Rowe. Visit lifilmfest.org for more information.
Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), is the second guest in Hour Two of today's show and he joins Jim in studio to passionately discuss House Bill 418. The bill would terminate the practice of automatic deductions from teacher and public employee paychecks to cover union or association dues. HB 418 passed the House Labor Committee Thursday, and Steve gives Jim about his opinion and view of the bill from the perspective of the LFT. He tells Jim what he thinks the bill will mean in the long run for not only the teachers of Louisiana, but for the firefighters, the state police and the other public employees who'll be affected if the bill becomes law.