Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and Louisiana Department of Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson set the record straight on how Louisiana’s stable revenue picture is welcome news for Louisiana’s businesses. See below: 

By any objective viewpoint, it’s hard to reach Dan Fagan’s conclusion that Louisiana is “chasing business away” (The Advocate, March 10).

Since January 2016, Louisiana has won 128 economic development projects securing 27,000 new jobs and 21,000 retained jobs. New capital investment for these projects exceeds $33 billion.

In 2018, the state secured 47 major economic development projects in 31 different parishes, from West Carroll to Calcasieu and Caddo to Plaquemines. The past month yielded a 200-job tech expansion in Lafayette, a 75-job ATV project in Shreveport and a nearly $500 million manufacturing expansion in Baton Rouge. An international helicopter project celebrated its arrival in Lafayette one day before Fagan’s column.

That’s hardly a picture of “politicians who go to war with our state’s job creators.”

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