State Rep. Phillip DeVillier

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State Rep. Phillip DeVillier

Legislators face oil price collapse

Louisiana’s economy was dealt another blow Monday when the price of a oil dropped below $0 a barrel.
Experts attributed the price that meant people would have to be paid to accept oil to market technicalities, but the reality is people like State Rep. Phillip DeVillier are going to have adjust their sights on the state budget and economy.
The last time legislators budgeted, the estimate was for oil to be at about $55 a barrel.
DeVillier called Monday’s oil price “extremely eye-opening.”

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State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, standing, called a meeting of city and hospital leaders in District 41 that includes Eunice and most of rural Acadia Parish to discuss the coronavirus. The meeting Tuesday in the Eunice council chamber was attended by about 25 officials. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Robert Johnson, Eunice city recreation director, makes a point at Tuesday’s meeting on the coronavirus.

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State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, standing, called a meeting of city and hospital leaders in District 41 that includes Eunice and most of rural Acadia Parish to discuss the coronavirus.

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Cindy Walters, CEO of the Acadia-St. Landry Hospital at Church Point.

COVID-19 response

Mayors, police and fire chiefs, and hospital administrators attended a meeting called by state Rep. Phillip DeVillier to discuss the coronavirus — COVID-19.
The meeting follows an order by Gov. John Bel Edwards that closed public schools and limited gatherings to no more than 50, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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DeVillier ready to hold the line on spending

When the Louisiana Legislature opens its session Monday, Rep. Phillip DeVillier, District 41, said he is open to any ideas and welcomes others to share “...what can be done to fix our repeated budget problems.”
But DeVillier, of Eunice, said he ready to keep a lid on state spending.
“The first of it is we need to spend the next two years with a standstill budget,” he said Friday.
“What we are operating now is called a continuation budget. It typically adds around 13 percent every year,” he said.

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Move on to bring early voting to Eunice

Early voting for the next election involving Eunice voters may be held in Eunice.
Early voting for all of St. Landry Parish now occurs in the registrar of voters office at the courthouse in Opelousas.
Eunice Alderman Dale Soileau said Eunice voters don’t want to go to Opelousas. “They can’t even park at the courthouse,” he said.
Soileau brought up the possibility of having voting machines in Eunice to accommodate early voting a few months ago at a city meeting.

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