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Legislative-priorities

Legislative Priorities.

Current Session Issues

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Health Care

LABI encourages a cost-effective, competitive health care market as an incentive to economic growth and development while assuring that consumers in Louisiana continue to receive high quality, accessible and affordable health care.

LABI shall take an active role in: 

  • Issues that would affect health care costs, an employer's right to contract, or an employer's flexibility to determine and provide employee benefits. 
  • Supporting efforts to strengthen accountability for improving health, outcomes, and cost, and to reward value. 
  • Supporting efforts to make health care a research and education economic development engine for Louisiana. 

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Trade, Transportation and Tourism

LABI recognizes the direct correlation between a thriving business community and investing in a safe and sustainable transportation system. A modernized infrastructure system across all modes of transportation is paramount in fueling Louisiana's economy, and LABI is focused on common sense policies and reforms geared to increase statewide productivity, enhance businesses' ability to move their products across the nation, and remain globally relevant. 

LABI encourages the enactment and enforcement of state and federal laws and policies that promote long-term solutions to Louisiana’s transportation needs, free flow of national and international trade, and promotion of the state’s unique tourism attractions.

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Technology

Over the last 20 years, technology has drastically changed the way we live, work and socialize, and it will continue to rapidly evolve in the future. Innovations and technological advancements stimulate our economy, improve workplace training programs and make it easier for businesses to deliver goods and services to the ever-expanding marketplace.

In this new digital world, the relationship between technology developers and the businesses that rely on their products to operate is vital. It is important for businesses to partner with academic research and development institutions to help speed up the commercialization of budding technologies so these advancements can be brought to the marketplace more quickly.

The council will actively support technology policies that improve the strength and competitiveness of Louisiana businesses and industries in the global marketplace.

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Taxation and Finance

Having postponed the "fiscal cliff" for the present, the Legislature will be reluctant to take any further action on taxes, particularly in an election year. Nevertheless, LABI will continue to actively work for the enactment of fiscal policies that promote a stronger state economy, with a focus on private sector job creation. The forthcoming fiscal session may yet to provide an opportunity to address the structural problems existent within our state's fiscal system. Businesses in Louisiana pay a disporportionate share of the tax burden as compared with other states. This places our state at a significant disadvantage in the competition for business investment and the jobs it creates. LABI will promote constructive reforms that ensure our state's economic development while securing sufficient revenues for appropriate government services at both the state and local levels. 

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Small Business

The small business community in Louisiana plays a vital role in Louisiana’s economy. The growth of the economy in Louisiana will greatly depend on maintaining a healthy industrial base coupled with a thriving small business community. More than 75% of LABI’s membership is comprised of small businesses under 100 employees, so the organization recognizes the profound importance of small businesses to a vibrant economy. LABI also recognizes their concerns over the growing risk of liability associated with routine business operations and governmentally imposed costs and regulations.

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Governmental Reform

LABI encourages the enactment and enforcement of state laws and policies that are honest, fair, transparent and responsible, allowing all citizens to participate in the electoral and governmental processes. 

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Environmental Quality

LABI’s goal is to protect and improve the environment while maintaining a strong economic base.

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Energy

LABI represents energy producing, transporting and consuming industries. We will continue to support energy policies that will promote high-paying jobs in this industry that help our resilient services companies thrive. We oppose the abusive litigation that has directly contributed to this sector's decline, and will delay and/or derail its recovery. We promote production of all forms of energy at competitive prices, opposing increased unreasonable taxes and fees on energy sources, encouraging conservation of resources, and balancing environmental concerns with energy production and usage. 

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Employee Relations

In last year's regular session, numerous bills were filed that would have exposed employers to lawsuits from their employees and/or restricted their ability to manage their workers efficiently and productively. LABI managed to defeat all of these bills either in committee or on the floor of their house of origin. This year's session is largely dedicated to fiscal matters, but legislators could (and likely will) file some anti-employer bills, and LABI will again be ready to defend against them. The Employee Relations Council has succeeded at times in promoting legislation to make Louisiana's workers' compensation (WC) system more balanced and less costly. However, there could be attempts to erode some of the WC reforms LABI obtained. 

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Education and Workforce Development

For years, Louisiana has shown commitment and dedicated resources to education reform and results in improved student achievement are being realized. Graduation rates are improving, along with ACT scores, and the achievement gap continues to lessen. There are more opportunities for school choice than most other states in the nation, and traditional public schools are responding to competition with additional course offerings such as Course Access and technical training in high school through programs such as Jump Start.

The challenge remains great. Our state still lags in the bottom third of most national rankings, and likely will continue to do so for a while as standards and assessments are raised to become as rigorous as other states.  Education and jobs are the paths out of poverty, and Louisiana’s citizens deserve the quality of life offered to citizens in prosperous states. LABI will continue to fight for students, taxpayers, and a quality workforce that can bring good jobs with benefits, and will fight against defenders of the status quo that benefits a few but not all. 

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Civil Justice Reform

U.S. Businesses ranked Louisiana’s judicial system last for fairness and reasonableness in a 2017 survey. It has received an “F” when it comes to judicial accountability. Louisiana's liability exposure is a major concern to individuals, government, professionals and businesses, both large and small. We know for Louisiana’s economy to improve, it is necessary that its civil justice system improves. We will fight to bring meaningful reform to Louisiana.

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