June 1, 2015
Does the law of economics work the same for cigarettes as it does for inventory?
This question is critical to determine how much damage may be done to Louisiana&rsquo... (Continue)
May 26, 2015
A coalition of 48 U.S. Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats made an important step toward moving our nation’s trade agenda forward last week when they voted for the Bipartisan... (Continue)
May 18, 2015
Guest Column by Terry Baugh
LABI Board Member and Chair of LABI's Trade, Transportation and Tourism Council
As I have written before, it offends me when Louisiana businesses are... (Continue)
May 11, 2015
Last Thursday was quite a taxing day in the Louisiana Legislature.
Not in the sense of being long and tiresome, rather, it was taxing in the sense that many votes... (Continue)
May 5, 2015
Should government collect membership dues for a private lobbying organization?
Imagine the reaction from journalists across the country if the law required the government to collect membership dues from public... (Continue)
April 27, 2015
A good reputation is hard to earn, but often easy to lose. A bad reputation is the exact opposite.
Over time, Louisiana has earned a national reputation as... (Continue)
April 21, 2015
If the old saying is true that the numbers don’t lie, then the story of this year’s legislative session is quantifiably easy to tell. The 144 members... (Continue)
April 13, 2015
Louisiana’s residents have always enjoyed having fun on the water in the Sportsman’s Paradise, but a new study shows that more of our people can enjoy... (Continue)
April 6, 2015
A Joint Column by Stephen Waguespack, president, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), and Dr. Monty Sullivan, president, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS)
To meet the demands... (Continue)
March 30, 2015
It was a chamber of commerce weather weekend.
All throughout Louisiana, the sunshine, nice temperatures and clear skies replaced the rain that had saturated most of the state over the... (Continue)
March 23, 2015
Well, that didn’t last long.
With my NCAA March Madness bracket already destroyed and the talented but unpredictable LSU basketball team abruptly ending their season after coughing up... (Continue)
March 16, 2015
Those that stay one step ahead of the game are best able to avoid falling two steps behind the competition.
Currently, the New Orleans Saints are trying to exemplify... (Continue)
March 9, 2015
There are two states of Louisiana right now.
One Louisiana is the private sector economy. This state is on the verge of sustainable growth not seen in generations. As I... (Continue)
March 2, 2015
What constitutes a tax increase?
While making his acceptance speech for the 1988 presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, then Vice President George H. W. Bush told the nation, &ldquo... (Continue)
February 23, 2015
Relationships can be easy to start but difficult to end.
The trepidation that comes with breaking a heart or hurting a friend can incentivize a person to stay in a... (Continue)
February 11, 2015
Can you hear it?
Do you hear that gnashing and grinding noise? You may have to be very quiet and cup your hand around your ear, but if you concentrate... (Continue)
February 9, 2015
Small businesses make a big impact at home.
There are more than 424,000 small businesses in Louisiana, employing more than 892,000 people. In fact, small businesses make up more than 97 percent of... (Continue)
February 2, 2015
You don’t always have to be loud to make a lot of noise.
Last week, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) kicked off our 40th Anniversary... (Continue)
January 26, 2015
Louisiana is on the road to progress, but has suddenly come to a crossroads.
The state’s budget challenges are a hot topic these days, yet many of... (Continue)
January 19, 2015
Unless Congress acts, this will be the year the threats of Obamacare become reality for American employers. This is especially true for small business.
Five years after becoming law, the... (Continue)