September 14, 2015
Sometimes we can lose sight of the ultimate goal, especially when we are in the thick of the fight. The current political debate in Louisiana on government budgets and economic... (Continue)
September 8, 2015
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) turned 40 years old on Friday, Sept. 4.
LABI was created in 1975 by the merging of the Louisiana Manufacturers Association, the Louisiana State Chamber... (Continue)
August 31, 2015
It was a tough week for many in Louisiana.
This week, two Louisiana police officers were senselessly killed while simply doing their job. One officer had stopped on the side... (Continue)
August 24, 2015
Guest Column by Brigitte Nieland
LABI Vice President, Program and Workforce Development; DIrector, Eduction and Workforce Development
August 29, 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of New Orleans’ direct hit from the... (Continue)
August 17, 2015
While the national presidential race is capturing most of the media and public attention these days, followed closely in Louisiana by the gubernatorial and legislative races, one board’s... (Continue)
August 10, 2015
It is hard to flip the channels these days and not come across one reality show after another. With low production costs, unlimited viewer interest in anything called “reality... (Continue)
August 3, 2015
It's almost time to turn the page.
There are times throughout every year where we just have to move on to a different phase. While it can be tempting... (Continue)
July 27, 2015
So where do we go from here?
The legislative session that adjourned in June left many folks frustrated. While everyone was satisfied that the budgets for health care and higher... (Continue)
July 20, 2015
Guest Column by Renee Amar
LABI Director, Small Business; Director, Healthcare, Deputy, Political Action Committee
A scientific opinion poll released last week shows many Louisiana small employers offer a variety... (Continue)
July 13, 2015
Knowledge is power, but as Albert Einstein once said, “information is not knowledge.”
This week, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) will release its 2015 scorecard for... (Continue)
July 6, 2015
Are we really a “government of laws, not of men” as John Adams once famously said?
Several instances over the last few weeks reminded us clearly that it... (Continue)
June 29, 2015
Guest Column by Jim Patterson
LABI Vice President, Government Relations; Director, Taxation and Finance; Director, Employee Relations; Executive Director, Louisiana Right-to-Work Committee
Taxing business inventory was a major issue during... (Continue)
June 22, 2015
It was a good weekend to be a dad.
The weather was nice, the U.S. Open was on TV and it was Father’s Day weekend. My boys... (Continue)
June 16, 2015
Much has been said about the recently concluded 2015 legislative session, though not much of it has been positive. The predominant message coming out of this two-month saga is simply "thank... (Continue)
June 8, 2015
A message to the Louisiana employers out there: Thank you for what you do to make this state great.
Much has been discussed over the last two months about... (Continue)
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)