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Miguez, Barras earn high marks from LABI


August 22, 2018
By SPECIAL TO THE DAILY IBERIAN
Originally Posted on The Daily Iberian

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) released the 20th edition of its Legislative Scorecard Tuesday. 

According to a prepared statement, the scorecard highlights the leaders who voted for “a solid foundation of policies that promote economic growth and job creation across the Pelican State.”

This year’s Scorecard details the votes taken on 27 measures that would affect the state’s economy, employers and business climate. The report gives Louisiana residents an inside look at what happens in Baton Rouge and provides them with the information necessary to make informed decisions at the polls.

“Some may find the legislation prioritized in our Scorecard surprising, given the overwhelming focus solely on the fiscal cliff narrative during the marathon of sessions this year,” said Stephen Waguespack, LABI president and CEO. “We were promoting a broader pro-growth agenda and remain focused on long-term solutions to our problems rather than short-term Band-Aids. Yet the issues our team tackled at the Legislature have one thing in common: they profoundly impact the ability of Louisiana employers to create jobs.”

For the Acadiana area, Reps. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, Julie Emerson, R-Carencro, Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, Blake Miguez, R-Erath and John Stefanski, R-Crowley, were named “Most Valuable Policymakers” for earning perfect scores on major legislation that affected the state’s economy. 

House Speaker Taylor Barras R-New Iberia and Reps. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette and Mike Huval R-Breaux Bridge were named “LABI All-Stars” for scoring 90 percent or higher on legislation selected for analysis. Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, was given a “LABI Honorable Mention” for scoring 80 percent or higher on bills selected for the Scorecard analysis.

In total, there were two senators and 19 representatives who claimed the title of “LABI All-Stars,” scoring 90 percent or higher on the legislation selected for the Scorecard analysis. These legislators were strong advocates for advancing a platform of positive, pro-growth measures to improve Louisiana’s economic climate.

Also recognized in the Scorecard are the 11 additional “LABI Honorable Mention” legislators from across Louisiana who scored 80 percent or higher on bills selected for the Scorecard analysis.

The votes cast by these legislators also served to challenge the status quo in state government and prioritize the state’s economy.

More than 2,500 bills and resolutions were filled during four legislative sessions this year, and LABI’s analysis included 27 key votes in the House and Senate indicative of pro-business stances.

This year’s LABI MVPs, All-Stars and Honorable Mentions will be honored by LABI members on November 15, at the third annual LABI Free Enterprise Awards reception alongside other businesses and individuals who have proven their exemplary commitment and contributions to their local communities and the state’s business climate. More information on the LABI Free Enterprise Awards reception can be found at http://labi.org/events/free-enterprise-program.

LABI encourages all Louisiana residents to visit http://labi.org/score-card to review this year’s report explaining LABI’s 2018 priorities, the outcomes of the recent sessions, descriptions of the bills used in the Scorecard analysis, the individual legislative scores and the detailed methodology behind the scores. Printable posters of legislative scores are also available by region and can be downloaded on the LABI website.