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   The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce met today(Monday) at noon today with State Representative Bernard LeBas as their guest speaker. Le Bas reported that the entire legislature is in favor of fully funding Codofil. Recently, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana was cut 40 percent in funding in a line item veto by the governor. Codofil assists in training teachers for the French Immersion schools in Louisiana. LeBas said “We draw millions of dollars to our state because of our French culture and heritage.”

    On the issue of education reform, LeBas said lawmakers are waiting to see how the courts will decide on the constitutional issue dealing with using taxpayer funds to pay school vouchers for public school students attend private schools.

    LeBas said the state is looking at making $850 million dollars in more cuts to the Medicaid program. He said this will mean the Charity Hospitals will take a 25% reduction in their budget while nursing homes will take lose 11 percent  in funding from the Medicaid program.

    In other chamber news, Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot reported that the chamber currently has 115 members enrolled. The newest member is David Mayeaux , Edward Jones Financial Advisor. She reminded chamber members that Mayeaux’s office will have a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday from 10-2.

      Mable Forman reminded chamber members that the Fourth Annual Back to School Health Information and Resource Fair is planned for this Saturday July 21 from 9-12 noon at the Ville Platte Civic Center sponsored by the Evangeline Parish Medicaid Office, City of Ville Platte and Ville Platte Home Health. The event is planning to provide back to school supplies and book sacks to some 650 students.

       Chamber members were reminded about the chamber sponsored bus trip to see the musical “The Jersey Boys” in January in New Orleans. The cost is $169. A deposit of $100 is required by Sept. 24 at the chamber office.

       A list of nominations for Chamber officers and board members will be sent to Chamber members in the next few weeks.

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