Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, speaks Thursday to members of the 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.
Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will give a speech titled "Revenue and You" Thursday in Bossier City. Erwin calls it a "budget 101" type of talk.
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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.
Matthew Koch, vice president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, will speak to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.
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.