Former Governor Edwin W. Edwards was the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Retired State Employees’ Association (RSEA) conference in Baton Rouge on October 2. Edwards received two standing ovations from the crowd of nearly 200 retirees as he entertained them with jokes and extolled the value of state employees’ contributions as public servants. Many attendees lined up for autographs and photo opportunities at the end of Governor Edwards’ speech.
LASERS Deputy Director Maris LeBlanc presented an update to RSEA members on the outcome of the 2012 Legislative Session and shared concerns over the newly passed Cash Balance Plan for new hires, which will become effective July 1, 2013. LeBlanc suggested that retirees visit the LASERS website to learn more about the newly released LASERS valuation report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.
Other speakers included Rep. Sam Jones, Mayor-President Kip Holden, RSEA Executive Director Frank Jobert, and current RSEA President Benny Harris. The RSEA Conference concluded on October 3.
|Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards|
|RSEA President Benny Harris (Left) and Governor Edwards (Right)|
|LASERS Deputy Director Maris LeBlanc|