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Member Spotlight: Hancock Whitney commits $2.5 million to Hurricane Ida relief

Hancock Whitney Bank is committing $2.5 million to help customers, employees and communities that were in the path of Hurricane Ida. The bank set aside $750,000 to […]

ExxonMobil Contributes $500,000 toward Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana

Today, we are excited to announce $500,000 toward relief efforts in Louisiana communities affected by Hurricane Ida. ExxonMobil’s assistance will support local nonprofit organizations through a combination of […]

Letters: Congress must speak with one voice for Louisiana’s federal assistance

Our state has endured and recovered from numerous catastrophes over the years, but the cumulative effect of multiple unprecedented catastrophic events over the last twelve months […]

PAR 2021 Guide to the Constitutional Amendments

An Independent, Non-Partisan Review

Here’s How Louisiana’s Tax Plan Would Simplify the Tax Code and Benefit Residents

By: Janelle CammengaLouisiana legislators passed a tax reform plan that has received overwhelming support in both the House and Senate, but voters will get the ultimate say on […]

Infrastructure fight finally set: T’s crossed, i’s dotted

WASHINGTON (AP) — After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards reissues indoor mask mandate for Louisiana. See what’s covered.

BLAKE PATERSON | Staff writer When Gov. John Bel Edwards lifted Louisiana’s mask mandate at the end of April, he warned that loosening restrictions wasn’t a […]

Business Roundtable Hails Agreement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation as Critical Step to Unleash Historic Investment

Washington – Business Roundtable today released the following statements after the group of Democratic and Republican Senators working on the bipartisan infrastructure framework reached an agreement […]

Business Roundtable Urges President Biden, Congress to Continue Efforts on Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

Washington – Business Roundtable today issued the below statement following a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on the vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure framework:  “America’s business […]

RESET Wins National Honors at Governmental Research Association Conference

The awards were made by the Governmental Research Association (GRA) during its annual meeting held by video conference this week. Established in 1914 as the national […]

Louisiana’s Dan Brouillette named division president at Sempra

Louisiana native Dan Brouillette, who served as energy secretary under former President Donald Trump, has been hired as president of a new division at energy giant […]

In pursuit of Hurricane Laura disaster relief, Lake Charles mayor goes to Washington

LAKE CHARLES — Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter is visiting Washington this week in pursuit of federal disaster relief that officials in southwest Louisiana say is desperately needed […]

PAR Report Makes Case for Early Childhood Investments

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) has released a report on Early Childhood Education, “Start Strong! The Case for Priority […]

Chalmette Refining Announces Potential $550 Million Renewable Diesel Project

New use for idled refining unit would result in 20 direct jobs, 90 indirect jobs NEW ORLEANS, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and PBF […]

Letters: Railroad merger should improve competition in Louisiana, not diminish it

The upcoming railroad merger between Kansas City Southern and one of two competitors is starting to receive more attention as various groups begin to recognize the […]

Will Louisiana voters give up federal tax deduction for lower state income tax rates?

Greg Hilburn | Lafayette Daily Advertiser Louisiana voters will have the final say on whether to transform the state’s income tax structure after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed […]

Kindergarten now required in Louisiana after John Bel Edwards signs bill into law

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed a bill that will make kindergarten mandatory in Louisiana. The measure, Senate Bill 10, won Senate approval 38-0 and […]

Gov. Edwards Announces New Amazon Robotics Facility In Baton Rouge

Project in Louisiana’s Capital Region will create over 1,000 new full-time jobs BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Amazon announced the company’s […]

Louisiana steers federal money to infrastructure upgrades

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Before they wrapped up their session, Louisiana lawmakers charted the spending of nearly $1.7 billion in federal pandemic aid, creating a […]

Louisiana Fiscal Session Finishes Strong with Tax Reform

Janelle Cammenga – It took until the last day of the session, but Louisiana lawmakers succeeded in passing a tax reform package Thursday that would simplify […]

RESET Louisiana – Regular Legislative Session Recap

By Harris, DeVille & Associates The Louisiana Legislature convened on April 12 for its Regular Session and adjourned at 6 PM on June 10. The primary […]

RESET Legislative Wrap-Up | 2021 Session

C100 members:After working on the RESET Louisiana agenda for the past three years we finally got traction in the 2021 legislative session. We commend Governor Edwards and the […]

Louisiana tax swap plans win final passage to reach ballot

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A long-recommended proposal to untie Louisiana’s income tax collections from federal tax payments won passage Thursday from lawmakers on the legislative […]

Gov. Edwards Highlights $1.6 Million U.S. Department of Commerce Award for Louisiana’s SmartPort Initiative

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the State of Louisiana’s SmartPort initiative is the recipient of a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. […]

GOV. EDWARDS ANNOUNCES EXXONMOBIL REFINERY INVESTMENT IN BATON ROUGE

Suite of projects to enhance refinery’s processing capacity and flexibility BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery Manager David […]

Mark Ballard: How the Louisiana Legislature is slowly changing on criminal justice issues

Will Harrell, a criminal justice warrior at the State Capitol, scolded himself last week for thinking he saw a sea change in the traditional tough-on-crime stance […]

Michael Olivier: Back a railroad merger that preserves competition, not limiting it

There are full page ads in some of the national papers discussing the potential merger of major rail lines that would impact our state and could […]

Mandatory kindergarten nears final approval, ‘It just makes sense’

A Senate-passed bill that would make kindergarten mandatory neared final approval Thursday when the Louisiana House approved it 59-31. The proposal, Senate Bill 10, now returns […]

Disaster declaration for Louisiana approved for May floods

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration has approved Louisiana’s request for a major disaster declaration after flash flooding in mid-May damaged several thousand […]

Louisiana House approved sports betting, another step before final passage

Louisiana bettors got a step closer to being able to start wagering on sporting events by fall if the governor approves the second of two bills […]

Dismukes: Higher oil prices likely to have muted impact on Louisiana

Oil prices this week hit multiyear highs above $70 a barrel, punctuating a global economic reawakening that has raised the prices of a broad range of commodities. But […]

Louisiana to spend $1 billion on these coastal restoration, hurricane protection projects

Louisiana will spend almost $1 billion on coastal restoration and hurricane protection in the fiscal year that begins July 1, including 18 projects using dredged sediment […]

U.S. Energy Commission approves $540 Million LA Gulf Run Natural Gas pipeline

A natural gas pipeline runs through mustard plants in the burn zone of Chino Hills State Park, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues, in Chino […]

Dr. Phillip Rozeman: What I want for my children’s future

Memorial Day is a sober reminder of the cost of freedom. Through the centuries, millions of Americans have fought and died for a democracy built on […]

Louisiana’s tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact triggers for future tax cuts

A tax reform package that has already cleared the Louisiana House advanced out of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee Monday proposing to reduce individual income tax […]

Temporary tax about to become permanent

Lawmakers are looking to make permanent the temporary .45-cent increase added to the state sales taxes in 2018 to balance the budget. The budget no longer […]

Sen. Cassidy reintroduces natural disaster tax credit legislation

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, and Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, this week reintroduced the Shelter Act to help Americans protect their homes or businesses against natural disasters […]

Ahead of hurricane season, Joe Biden is doubling federal emergency spending for storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is doubling U.S. emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events, while launching a new […]

Committee of 100 Supports SWLA Alliance Business Recovery Work

(Lake Charles, LA) The C100 Executive Committee held its May meeting at the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center (SEED) to illustrate their support for […]

Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. Remembers Governor Buddy Roemer

(Baton Rouge, LA) The membership, staff, executive committee, and officers of the Committee of 100 send their condolences to the family of former Governor Buddy Roemer who […]

Making a Difference with Revenues from the American Rescue Plan

The governor has outlined his plan for spending the first half of a $3.2 billion windfall that will be coming to the state through the federal […]

Pennington unveils national advocacy campaign around obesity

New Advocacy Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Urgent Public Health Crisis, Eradicate the Obesity Epidemic by 2040 BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Welcome to “Obecity, USA”: the fastest-growing […]

Location Matters 2021: The State Tax Costs of Doing Business

A landmark comparison of corporate tax costs in all 50 states, Location Matters calculates and analyzes the tax burdens of eight model firms: a corporate headquarters, a research […]

The Road So Far: Tax bills gain momentum while windfall spending comes into focus

Three weeks into the Louisiana Legislature’s nine-week session, much progress has been mademoving tax reform bills and addressing how to disburse massive federal stimulus dollars. To […]

Gov. Edwards Highlights Restaurant Revitalization Aid

Food-related businesses may recoup pandemic losses through SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged the operators of Louisiana restaurants, bars, […]

C100 Member Ballard Brands Named 2021 Louisiana Growth Leader

Annual event honors exceptional small businesses in LED Growth Network BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Economic Development honored 10 companies as 2021 Louisiana Growth Leaders this […]

Louisiana Legislature gets behind greater raise for K-12 teachers, staff

By Julie O’Donoghue The Louisiana Legislature’s leadership has gotten behind a proposal to boost the pay raises teachers and support staff in K-12 schools are expected to […]

Louisiana lifts statewide mask mandate; schools, hospitals, local governments can still require

BY BLAKE PATERSON | STAFF WRITER With coronavirus vaccines now widely available, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday the end to Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate, returning […]

Louisiana to keep six congressional districts

The nation’s political center of gravity shifted farther to the Republican-led South and West today, with Texas, Florida and other Sun Belt states gaining congressional seats […]

Corporate tax swap passes state House, advances to Senate

BY TYLER BRIDGES | STAFF WRITER An effort to revamp Louisiana’s corporate tax code moved a step closer to passage when it won approval from the […]

Louisiana Spotlight: Tax ‘reform’ bills get some traction, but which ones will Legislature adopt?

BY MELINDA DESLATTE With two weeks of the legislative session complete, Louisiana’s Republican legislative leaders have speeded ahead with a rewrite of the state’s tax system, […]

Mandatory kindergarten measure clears first hurdle, ‘That first building block’

BY WILL SENTELL | STAFF WRITER Legislation that would make kindergarten mandatory in Louisiana cleared its first hurdle Wednesday when the Senate Education Committee approved it […]

Tax swap breezes through Senate. ‘We’re trying to move the state forward,’ says senator

BY TYLER BRIDGES | STAFF WRITER A revamp of Louisiana’s income tax code powered through the state Senate Tuesday, giving hope to supporters that the overall […]

Senate panel advances bill to dedicate $800 million in sales taxes to Louisiana roads, bridges

Greg Hilburn (Shreveport Times) – A bill that could eventually provide more than $800 million for Louisiana roads and bridges by dedicating the state’s temporary sales tax to infrastructure cleared […]

Louisiana set to receive $773 million to fund early childcare, but advocate says it’s just a start

By JC Canicosa  Louisiana is set to receive $773 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to fund early childcare, but an early childhood advocate said if […]

First “Blanco Center Policy Brief” focuses on transportation

A public policy brief produced by the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette compares transportation infrastructure spending in the […]

Sales tax compliance post-Wayfair

Sales tax has turned into the Wild West not just for internet retailers, but also for brick-and-mortar stores, manufacturers, and wholesalers alike. With over 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions […]

Lawmakers aim to reduce income tax but toss out federal tax deductions

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Out of touch with the times is what some at the Louisiana State Capitol are referring to when it comes to […]

Delta Regional Authority Launches Delta Broadband Mapping Project to Support Increased Access to Digital Infrastructure in Louisiana

CLARKSDALE, MS – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced today the launch of the Delta Broadband Mapping Project, an initiative aimed at strengthening broadband infrastructure that supports […]

Majority of Louisianans support increased spending for early childhood education

By Daily Report Staff: Most Louisianans favor boosting spending on early childhood education in the state, according to the last of five reports from the 2021 Louisiana […]

Minimum wage hike, teacher raises among priorities as John Bel Edwards addresses legislative session

BY BLAKE PATERSON Gov. John Bel Edwards called on lawmakers to address the inequities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic by passing a rash of priorities ranging […]

2021 Legislative Session to Focus on Issues that Could Be Game-changers

The legislative session starts this week and it’s a fiscal session in more ways than one. Not only is it that every-other-year session where the focus […]

Time for tax reform is here

The Louisiana Legislature meets Monday for the beginning of its 2021 fiscal session with tax reform as its major goal. We have heard tax reform promises […]

Commission: Dedicate La. sports betting revenue to early childhood education

By: David Jacobs | The Center Square Louisiana lawmakers should dedicate all of the tax proceeds from legal sports betting to early childhood education, a state commission […]

K-12 Education Sees Huge Influx of Federal Recovery Funds

It’s almost hard to comprehend, but from April of 2020 to today the federal government has earmarked roughly $4.6 billion to K-12 education in Louisiana as […]

Push for state gasoline tax hike scrapped due to federal windfall

By Stephanie Riegel Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Winnfield, has dropped his plans to file a gasoline tax increase during the upcoming legislative session due, in large part, to […]

Other Views: Tax changes are never easy

By Jim Beam | American Press Louisiana’s legislative leaders have finally decided to tackle two of the toughest tax reform issues that have made the state […]

Louisiana House speaker proposes centralized sales tax amendment

By David Jacobs | The Center Square The speaker of the Louisiana House filed legislation Wednesday to streamline state sales tax collection. The change would require amending the state […]

US-UK Trade in a Post-Brexit World

Now that Brexit is finalized, many are wondering what this means for trade between the United States and the United Kingdom. Both countries were restricted from formerly […]

2021 Legislative Issues – Higher Education

This year’s legislative session starts in April, and CABL will be working with our RESET Louisiana partners PAR and the Committee of 100 on a full legislative agenda. […]

[The Advocate] Reform leaders: Time for Louisiana Legislature to step out for long-term solutions

By Michael Olivier The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many difficulties to Louisiana — sickness and death obviously, but also traumatic economic, social and psychological injuries. Rarely have […]

A Letter to the People of Louisiana

Louisiana House members ask Governor to end mask mandate and business restrictions To the People of Louisiana, Everyone acknowledges how difficult this past year has been. […]

[Letter] C100 Supports Safely Reopening Louisiana’s Economy

Dear Governor Edwards, We want to express our gratitude to you and so many others taking a leadership role during the COVID pandemic. We know the […]

No state relies on sales taxes more than Louisiana

(The Center Square) – As a share of total state and local tax revenues, sales tax collections in Louisiana came in at 42.3%, representing the highest […]

LED releases annual review of economic efforts

Louisiana Economic Development today released “Louisiana Is A Force,” the state agency’s annual report that documents its efforts to attract investment and jobs to Louisiana. In […]

Louisiana to move to Phase 3 of coronavirus restrictions, bars allowed to open statewide

BY SAM KARLIN | STAFF WRITER After more than three months of heightened restrictions, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said he will loosen coronavirus rules to move […]

Louisiana Earns No. 8 Ranking In Site Selection Governor’s Cup

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Site Selection magazine ranked Louisiana No. 8, on a per capita basis, among states with the most new and expanded facilities in 2020. […]

LABI Announces 2021 Board of Directors, Members of the Emerging Leaders Council

Including 13 members from the Committee of 100 for Economic Developments, Inc. BATON ROUGE, LA (February 25, 2021) – Today at its membership meeting in Baton Rouge, the […]

Dr. Phillip Rozeman: Informed choice and the COVID vaccine

Fear of illness, economic hardship and the threat of collapse of health systems have been with us for the last year. We have all had to […]

C100 Talk Taxes with Sen. Allain

TAX TALK…The Committee of 100 for Economic Development held an online discussion on the upcoming legislative session, specifically on taxation issues. Senate Committee on Revenue and […]

Report: Louisiana ranks 2nd for higher education funding cuts

By: David Jacobs, The Center Square Louisiana lawmakers cut state spending for colleges and universities by almost 38% in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2008 to 2019, the second-most […]

Tax reform has gone nowhere

By Jim Beam | American Press Louisiana’s legislative leaders are talking about tax reform again, a subject that has been thoroughly studied for many years by […]

DOTD secretary backs increase in state gas tax

Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, advocated for an increase in the state’s gas tax on the Ellevate Louisiana videocast, saying […]

Analysis: GOP lawmaker trying to sell colleagues on gas tax

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Though lawmakers spurned recent proposals to raise Louisiana’s stagnant gasoline tax, another Republican legislator is trying to muscle through the idea, […]

University of Louisiana at Lafayette primate center played role in developing coronavirus vaccine

BY KRISTIN ASKELSON | STAFF WRITER Trials involving primates at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center were instrumental in development of the […]

C100 Supports Request for Federal Disaster Assistance to SWLA

Dear Mr. President: The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. supports Governor John Bel Edwards’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to you and the […]

GOP lawmaker: Gas tax measure offers strong ROI for infrastructure needs

By Caitie Burkes Despite the pandemic-triggered hit to the state’s economy, Louisiana cannot afford to keep putting off its infrastructure problems, state Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Winnfield, said […]

Policy group says nearly $1 billion shortfall could be handled with changes in Constitution

BY MARK BALLARD | CAPITOL BUREAU EDITORA public policy thinktank identified Constitutionally protected 28 special funds that could be restructured to provide nearly enough money to […]

A tax system revamp for Louisiana is in the works with one overall goal: lowering rates

BY MARK BALLARD | CAPITOL BUREAU EDITOR Though facing a nearly $1 billion revenue shortfall, a number of state lawmakers are putting together legislation that would […]

C100 Promotes Transportation Investment

The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., Louisiana’s Business Roundtable, believes Louisiana’s economic future will be strengthened by increasing our investment in infrastructure, including roads, […]

Lawmakers drafting ambitious tax plan

By Jeremy Alford Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Chairman Bret Allain and House Ways and Means Chairman Stuart Bishop said in separate interviews last week that they […]

Modeling Different Proposals for Round Three Direct Payments

President Joe Biden is calling for a third round of economic impact payments to households as part of his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Under the plan, the payments […]

Louisiana Constitutional Reform Part II: An Enduring Fiscal Framework

PART II: An Enduring Fiscal Framework provides critical background information and recommendations for addressing potential reforms of the tax and spending portions of the state Constitution. This PART […]

Louisiana K-12 schools in line for $1.1 billion; keeping classrooms open likely top priority

By David Jacobs | The Center Square – Keeping schools open will be the top priority when deciding how to spend $1.1 billion in federal dollars for […]

SHINTECH ANNOUNCES $1.3 BILLION EXPANSION FOR PLASTICS FACILITIES

Investment in Iberville/West Baton Rouge complex will result in 159 new direct, indirect jobs BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shintech Louisiana […]

Louisiana’s Business Roundtable announces Officers and Directors for 2021-2022

Tim TempleChair | 2021-2022President, Temptan Wayne BrownVice-Chair | 2021-2022Vice President/Founder, Brown Builders Phillip RozemanSecretary/Treasurer | 2019-2021Willis Knighton Cardiology Gray StreamImmediate Past Chair | 2021-2022President, Stream Companies […]

LOUISIANA TARGETS GROWTH OF RURAL SMALL BUSINESSES

LED’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative aims to accelerate growth of second-stage companies BATON ROUGE, La. — Twelve Louisiana companies are the inaugural participants in a program targeting […]

National Strategy for The COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness

Executive Summary We can and will beat COVID-19. America deserves a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is driven by science, data, and public health — […]

Chemical manufacturers: Louisiana would welcome new Mitsubishi investment

In response to a news conference reported on by The Advocate and The Times-Picayune, held by environmental activists after Mitsubishi Corp. announced it is considering locating […]

DOTD chief skeptical for any gas tax hike in 2021

BY WILL SENTELL | STAFF WRITER Louisiana’s transportation chief Monday stopped just short of dismissing chances for a gas tax hike in 2021 that is being […]

Grön Fuels In Louisiana Named Nation’s No. 2 Deal By Business Facilities

Proposed $9.2 billion complex at Port of Greater Baton Rouge would create 1,025 new direct jobs BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted […]

Proposed gas tax hike would also alter DOTD spending, operations

Source: Stephanie Riegel | BR Business Report A Baton Rouge-based coalition determined to invest in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges will once again push for a […]

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