Gov. Edwards meets with Louisiana business leaders about fiscal cliff

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BATON ROUGE  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement upon the completion of a meeting with more than 20 business leaders from across Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards convened the meeting to discuss opportunities for the state and business to join together to avoid the more than $1 billion fiscal cliff approaching on July 1, 2018.

“We have an obligation to the people of Louisiana to come together to avoid the fiscal cliff that is quickly approaching. My administration has been working to find a combination of spending cuts and revenue options that will stabilize our state for the long-term. To date, we have cut more than $600 million in spending and worked to make government more efficient. We are beginning to see signs that our economy is rebounding and unemployment is on the decline, but we have more work to do to sustain the recovery and build a strong foundation for future growth.

“Today, I continued an ongoing conversation with business leaders from all across Louisiana about what we can do to provide long-term predictability and stability to our state’s budget and finances. Their input is critically important as these business leaders are on the front lines – creating jobs and working to build a strong economy. It’s their ideas, combined with the input from legislators and other community leaders that will, hopefully, guide us as we look for consensus to avoid the fiscal cliff. I appreciate these individuals taking the time to be engaged and offering constructive input in this process, and invite them to continue to offer advice and partner with my administration as we move forward.”

The following area business leaders attended the meeting:

Ayres Bradford
Lincoln Builders, Inc.
Ruston, LA

Wayne Brown
Brown Builders
Bossier City, LA

Christopher Kinsey
Kinsey Interests
Shreveport, LA

Phillip Rozeman
Cardiovascular Consultants
Shreveport, LA

Margaret Shehee
Kilpatrick Life Insurance
Shreveport, LA

Linda Biernacki
Fire Tech Systems, Inc.
Shreveport, LA