32 Years and Counting!

June 1, 2018


Today Blanche and I are celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary in sunny Florida! Our retreat leaves Louisiana in the very capable hands of Team LFF and marks a moment for us to thank God for a beautiful life. Our children have suggested that their mom deserves a medal for putting up with me for 32 years! I concur and the medal search is underway - suggestions welcomed.

Special Session Update

The 2nd Special Session of 2018 ends Monday, June 4, leaving only days to complete the budget and send it to the Governor. The pace will accelerate as legislators strive to beat this deadline.

On Thursday, the House approved a budget similar to the one vetoed by the Governor in the regular session. HB1 now goes to the Senate Finance Committee. Differences between the House and Senate versions will be hammered out in conference committee.

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee debated HB27 by Rep. Lance Harris which authorizes a 1/3 cent "temporary" sales tax. By the time the committee finished, dramatic changes removed many tax exemptions, dramatically increasing sales taxes on businesses. According to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), amendments added to HB27 impose a 4.3 percent sales tax on business utilities, manufacturing machinery and equipment, and installation of industrial equipment. HB27 now goes to the Senate floor.

Additionally, LFF has partnered with Alliance Defending Freedom and 26 of our allied state family policy organizations to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that urges the high court to take up this Louisiana case and rule that Planned Parenthood and its supporters can’t go to court to sidestep an appeals process Congress established with regard to Medicaid funding. We submitted the brief on Thursday and will keep you informed as this important case moves forward. We would like to thank ADF and our state partners for joining with LFF in the ongoing mission to protect life. 

Finally, Team LFF is preparing to receive 45 Leadership Academy students on Sunday. There is still time to sign up with only a few seats remaining. Help LFF scholarship a student for this life-changing program for only $150. We need five more sponsors by Sunday - will you or your young adult be one of them?

2018 Leadership Academy attendees will emerge with a firm direction for their lives to become world changers. We have some dynamic speakers who will address the students about what it means to have a Christian worldview and how to apply Biblical principles in many avenues of life, including political arenas:

  • Audrea Taylor, who founded her own non-profit, im2moro, when she was still in high school and is working with some influential leaders, such as David Barton, and
  • Abraham Hamilton III who works for the American Family Association and has his own radio show, “The Hamilton Corner.”

I look forward to seeing you there!

In His Service,
Gene Mills
Louisiana Family Forum


2018 Leadership Academy Special Guest Speakers

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