Prepare for another election season

As we prepare for another election season full of rhetoric and promises, the LABI scorecard offers a data-driven analysis of how each legislator voted on the issues most important to the economy and the business community for the 2019 session but also over the past four years.

LABI led the way with a proactive effort to enact comprehensive tort reform, seek taxpayer fairness, and improve the economy. Although opposed by the administration throughout the legislative process, a bill to require simple refunds of unconstitutional state taxes was signed into law by the governor. A major infrastructure funding package is now law that repurposes settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon incident, and a statewide ridesharing bill passed after years of defeat in the Senate Judiciary A Committee. However, a package of bills to enact common-sense legal reforms to lower high auto insurance rates flew through the House and once again met its fate in that same Senate committee.

2018 was perhaps the year of the most opportunities lost this term, as bills died in the regular session to reform the state’s pension system, enact statewide ridesharing, repeal the seat belt gag order, seek more accountability in Medicaid spending, and take steps toward a Constitutional Convention.

Summer is ending.

It’s time to get back to business. Louisiana’s future is on the ballot this fall and the stakes are high. The moment is fast approaching where you, the voter, must decide how you want the next four years to look for Louisiana.

To prepare, take the time to study up and ask tough questions of everyone running for office.

That’s the only way to identify the leaders – incumbents and newcomers – with a vision for prosperity, concrete solutions, and a willingness to address our state’s long-standing challenges together.

About Stephen Waguespack 14 Articles
Stephen Waguespack is the President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). As the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturer’s association, LABI is the largest business advocacy group, representing more than 2,200 business members and 324,000 employees.

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