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In March 2013, Together Baton Rouge and all of the other Louisiana Industrial Area Foundation organizations in Louisiana decided to work under the name Together Louisiana to make our presence felt in this legislative session. Together Louisiana has been actively working: 

 1) against changing our tax structure to mostly sales tax; 

 2) in support of the Medicaid expansion  to 138% of poverty – a part of the  Affordable Care Act;

 3) in support of bills that would reduce incarceration in Louisiana. 

 Our own TBR lead organizer Brod Bagert, Perry Perkins, his supervisor, and key leaders of Together Baton Rouge  have been at the Louisiana Legislature almost every day during this session.    They have worked behind the scenes with key legislators to leverage our impact.     Unfortunately the major pieces of legislation in support of the Medicaid Expansion never received a floor vote in either house, but there were some exciting committee meetings.  Between six and ten of our own church members have been present for key committee hearings, often lasting four hours.

 The Advocate has recognized the importance of Together Louisiana's role in working to obtain the Medicaid Expansion for Louisiana in two editorials; the first on April 29 and the second on Sunday May 26.

 A quote from the The Advocate  May 26 editorial:  "Together Louisiana has made a big difference in a short time,'  said state Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, .....  Why?  The appearance of clergy and community leaders seeking a better deal for all the less fortunate in society is not an everyday occurrence in the State Capitol.  The hallways are, to borrow a phrase, a Gucci gulch of lobbyists and the well-connected." 

 Our church can be proud of our membership in Together Baton Rouge and the part our congregation is playing in developing this opportunity to affect state policy and legislation.  This is only the beginning.  Stay tuned.