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Gov. Edwards Announces Phase III, Statement from LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack

March 2, 2021

This afternoon, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will enter “Phase III” tomorrow. LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack released the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is an encouraging light at the end of a long tunnel, but our state still has tremendous economic challenges to address. The business community remains committed to doing everything we can to get small businesses back on their feet, get our citizens back to work and rebuild our shattered economy. We look forward to legislative opportunities in the upcoming session to do just that.”


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