Back in 1994, after the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that oil giant BP owed back taxes to Plaquemines Parish, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) urged its member corporations to contact the justices to complain. A few months later, after a LABI-backed candidate won the state Supreme Court election, the court unanimously overturned its ruling against BP — a decision that drained millions of dollars in tax revenue from Plaquemines Parish and its schools.
If you think you know the election operations of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, think again. Yes, the heart and soul of LABI’s election arm still resides with its four regional PACs, all of which achieved so-called “Big PAC Status” for the year, which means larger donations. But now there’s also a front-end component that has been incubating for the past 12 months, an emerging on-the-ground super PAC that will make independent expenditures and a new focus on judicial seats.
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ Transition Advisory Board has reviewed the first reports from committees assessing priorities for the new administration in areas as varied as economic development, education, infrastructure, public safety, quality of life and more.
North Louisiana has one of the lowest costs of living in the state, making the region one of the most affordable places to live, according to the latest Cost of Living Index, the Annual Average for 2018.
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A key question is starting to become harder to ignore in Louisiana… and it has everything to do with the latest in what is becoming a long list of tax controversies created in the last few years.
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