Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the current state of the state economy, how to attract business to the Shreveport - Bossier area and his early read on next year's Governor's race.
In a recent article at bayoubuzz.com, Waguespack listed the state's most pressing problems, a Constitutional convention topping his list:
"Our long and convoluted constitution has been amended 186 times in 44 years and makes it virtually impossible to fundamentally reform government. Local autonomy is severely restricted and trampled by big government from the State Capitol. Far too many dedicated funds, local subsidies and overlapping boards and bureaucracies force dollars away each year from priorities like education and health care."
His other concerns include Medicaid fraud. Again, from bayoubuzz.com:
"The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has testified that up to 25 percent of adult Medicaid recipients’ income does not match their tax records, indicating they may not be eligible for the program. People who qualify and warrant assistance should receive it, but those cheating the system must be stopped."
Also on "Wags" list: An education fix.
"Louisiana must embrace reforms that save money and put families first. Louisiana should make better use of existing dollars by expanding school choice to let more parents decide where their child goes to school. Louisiana should embrace neighborhood schools to increase parental involvement, require that more current investments go to the classroom rather than bureaucracy and dedicate a portion of the local share of the new internet sales collections to merit pay for teachers."