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Rep. Joel Robideaux
R-Lafayette, Chairman, Revenue Study Commission

Joel Robideaux represents District 45 in the Louisiana House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2004. Rep. Robideaux currently serve as Chairman of Ways and Means and Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and is a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on The Energy Council.

Rep. Robideaux is currently chairing the Revenue Study Commission which is tasked with examining the 400 plus tax exemptions and credits that Louisiana offers and making recommendations on how to measure their effectiveness as well as which ones should be eliminated. The Commission will present their findings to House Speaker Chuck Kleckleyand Senate President John Alario by February 1, 2013.

Prior to being elected as a state representative, Robideaux served as Senator Mike Michot’s campaign treasurer and as a member of the State Society of CPA’s legislative steering committee.

A graduate of LSU with a Master of Science in Finance, Robideaux lives in Lafayette.with his wife Bobette and their three sons.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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