BRAC’s legislative agenda seeks to drive progress on key issues effecting the Capital Region’s economic development. BRAC’s priorities for the 2020 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature are below.
Address the Capital Region’s transportation crisis
BRAC will advocate to increase statewide funding available for transportation infrastructure. The organization will advocate strongly for securing a new Mississippi River bridge and funding fully the Baton Rouge I-10 widening.
Ensure that career and technical education training is effective (HB 611, Rep. McKnight)
BRAC will lead a bill to direct the Louisiana Workforce Commission to receive and analyze information from Louisiana high schools and the Board of Regents to determine whether graduating students earning an industry-based credential enter the workforce in the occupation for which they trained. This change will increase the Department of Education’s level of accountability for the program’s successful implementation.
Lower the costs of insurance and expenses due to the litigation
BRAC supports the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2020 (HB 9). In addition, BRAC will lead effort on a tort reform bill that will allow reversionary trusts to pay medical costs and that will break up the special relationships between medical witnesses and plaintiffs’ attorneys. BRAC will strongly support tort reform efforts, not only to reduce the costs of operating a business in the state, but to make the state more attractive to talented people.
Protect employee salaries, identities, and personal information (SB 191, Sen. White)
BRAC will lead a bill that offers the same confidentiality provisions over employee data disclosed to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development as are offered to employee data disclosed to the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Louisiana Workforce Commission. Employee data such as partial social security numbers, salaries, and addresses are often disclosed as required by LED contracts, and like similar disclosures required by DOR and LWC, the data should be protected from public records requests.
Protect Louisiana’s economic development toolkit and economic competitiveness
Louisiana’s economic development toolkit has been under attack in recent years. BRAC will stand steadfast in protecting that toolkit from further cuts. The organization will fight efforts to place more burdensome mandates on employers and job creators. BRAC will support efforts to weaken onerous barriers to employment such as Louisiana’s uniquely oppressive occupational licensing requirements.
Promote expansion of high-quality early childhood education and protect K-12 educational reforms
BRAC will support expanded access to affordable, reliable, high-quality early childcare, including the appropriation of additional revenues to this critical area of education. BRAC will oppose efforts that would weaken or dismantle school choice, high academic achievement standards, and the state’s teacher and school performance accountability system.
Prioritize funding for critical Capital Region economic competitiveness projects
General Fund: early childhood education expansion & expansion of air service destinations from Baton Rouge Metro Airport
Capital Outlay: facilitate expansion of BRCC’s nursing program & ensure completion of the LSU/City Park Lakes project
BRAC will also seek legislative resolutions that lead to solutions for competitiveness issues such as transportation funding, college graduate retention, and effective maintenance of Louisiana’s public spaces.
Over the years, BRAC has established policy positions on a variety of issues that affect business competitiveness. BRAC will oppose legislation that negatively impacts these policies and imposes costly mandates on business.