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02/09 - Economic Development 2009

What effect will falling energy prices have on the state’s economy?

At the end of 2008, Louisiana found itself with an increase in its employment figures and an improving unemployment rate. But how long can the state remain insulated from the national recession? What effect will falling energy prices have on the state’s economy? Which industries provide the best hope for future job growth? Louisiana Public Square goes on the road to Monroe to look at what’s working and what challenges lay ahead on “Economic Development 2009,” Wednesday, February 25th at 7 pm.

Panelists:

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Monroe Mayor James E. "Jamie" Mayo
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Louisiana Economic Development Secretary, Stephen Moret
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Dave Norris, Jr., Director of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center
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State Senator Francis Thompson (D) representing District 34 in Northeast Louisiana

Backgrounder

When compared to the rest of the nation, Louisiana’s economy seems do be doing relatively well. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the national economy has lost 3.6 million jobs. About one-half of this decline occurred in the past three months. But at the end of 2008, Louisiana was the only state in the nation to gain nonfarm jobs – 3,700 citizens were employed during November.

Other recent successes:

During 2008, Louisiana had a net gain of 8,500 jobs, a 0.4 percent increase from 2007.
For the same 12 month period the U.S. experienced a 1.4 percent decrease in jobs while the South saw a decrease of 0.4 percent.

All regions of Louisiana have seen job growth over the last year:

* Southeast +1.6%
* Central +1.3%
* Capital +1.2%
* Bayou +1.2 %
* Southwest +1.2%
* Northeast +0.9%
* Acadiana +0.9%
* Northwest +0.8%

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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

I’m tired of us, the people, buying golf courses, lakes and neighborhood developments and calling it economic development. It’s not! Give tax credits to companies that are already here and new companies to get them to come. THAT is economic development, not paying new companies to come here.
We also have too many state employees per capita. Lay some of them off. Yes I know that increases unemployment but I see plenty of “now hiring” signs up everywhere in northwest La. They will get work.
I have to tighten my belt. The state will tighten it’s belt, again, simple!

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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