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LABI recognizes three area legislators as MVPs


August 20, 2017
By Dan Boudreaux
Originally Posted on Daily Comet

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry released its 2017 Legislative Scorecard on Aug. 7 and named three members of the local delegation Most Valuable Policymakers.

Louisiana Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, and state Reps. Tanner Magee and Jerome Zeringue, both R-Houma, were recognized as having a perfect score in the association’s assessments. This was determined by its vote on 21 issues promote economic growth during the Legislature’s 2017 fiscal session.

“While the state’s economy has shown some signs of rebounding, we are still facing a $1.2 billion shortfall next year with consensus among leaders seeming just as elusive as before,” said LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack. “It is important now more than ever that our elected leaders work together to find a reasonable solution that promotes economic growth and promotes the needs of the taxpayers.”

Waguespack said LABI’s scorecard and the legislative outcomes this year “reflect smart, bipartisan reform” that can fix the state’s “broken system” and pull Louisiana out of its downward spiral.

Allain said cited his experience as to how he tries to help the state’s economy.

“As a businessman and farmer, I know firsthand the importance of government developing the right policies and programs to grow our economy without overburdening hard-working citizens with regulations and unnecessary taxes,” Allain said in an email statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with LABI and others to improve and diversify our economy.”

Zeringue said he’s thankful for being named an MVP by LABI.

“I’m appreciative of the recognition, but frankly it’s easy to support the businesses in the state. Especially the small businesses. They’re the backbone of our economy,” Zeringue said. “I’ll continue to support small business and continue to support the industry to help the economy rebound and thrive.”

Out of the 144 members of the Louisiana State Legislature, 15 received a perfect score from LABI. Meanwhile, 19 received the title of LABI All-Stars, meaning they voted 90 percent or more of the time in line with LABI’s scorecard, and 24 received LABI Honorable Mentions for a score of over 80 percent.

Reps. Jerome Richard, I-Thibodaux, and Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, were named “LABI Honorable Mentions.”

The House as a whole averaged a score of 71 percent, while the Senate scored an average of 60 percent.