Bossier Chamber of Commerce

The president of the government advocacy group Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin, will brief the Bossier Chamber of Commerce business community Thursday about topics that will be addressed during the legislative session that opens April 13.

The session boils down to two heated debates: budget and Common Core standards, according to Erwin. Lawmakers face a $1.6 billion budget gap in a system where health care and higher education bear the brunt of the revenue shortfall because the rest of the state budget is less malleable.

Baton Rouge Press Club

A panel that oversees Louisiana’s income projections will meet Friday to look over revised revenue estimates for the current year.

Some members of the Revenue Estimating Conference expect to see a lower revenue projection than the one used to craft the state budget last spring.

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will speak about the state budget today in Bossier City. His nonprofit specializes in statewide public policy issues. Erwin says Louisiana is experiencing flat growth, which doesn’t square with all of the economic development activity.

Kate Archer Kent

More than 100 job seekers turned out for the fall veterans job and resource fair held Thursday morning at the Bossier Civic Center.

Jason Schofield will retire next month after a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force. Recently, he sent out 20 resumes and filled out as many applications in anticipation of his next chapter in life.

He appreciates a job fair geared toward the military, but he says there are many more companies seeking workers who were not at this job fair.

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host an energy analyst Wednesday who will give a forecast on natural gas development in northwest Louisiana and across the nation.

Matthew Koch, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s institute for 21st Century Energy, says natural gas is well positioned to lead the U.S. energy sector.

Chemical companies rely on it and demand from exports is brisk, according to Koch. With Louisiana’s energy infrastructure in place, he says the Haynesville Shale natural gas deposit will be busy again.