BRAC maintains its status as a regional change agent in part through timely commentaries on important public policy issues affecting the Baton Rouge region. Past topics include education reform, passenger rail, fiscal flexibility, air quality and more.

May 11, 2019

Tort Reform 101

With the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shutting down the state and its economy, the state legislature has narrowed its focus to legislation that will jumpstart the economy and help out residents financially. One policy area that is still a priority in this narrowed session is tort reform.

November 8, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions: St. George School System

A majority of voters in St. George have elected to form a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish. It’s widely known that the effort to create this city originated in concerns about public schools.

July 30, 2019

2019 Legislative and Gubernatorial Elections Platform

BRAC’s 2019 elections platform is informed by direct input from BRAC’s investors, board of directors, and regional economic and policy partners. BRAC urges all candidates for legislative and gubernatorial races to consider and adopt the platform.

April 15, 2019

(Let Us) Get to Work: How Expansive Louisiana Occupational Licensing Hinders Entrepreneurship and Hurts At-Risk Populations

Imagine this: as you walk from the waiting area in a barbershop to the barber chair, you notice a little slip of paper on the wall – your barber’s occupational license to practice his trade. You note that it expired on December 31, 2018 – meaning, he’s cutting hair without an active license.

October 30, 2018

2018 Statewide Ballot Referendums

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber released support for two of the proposed statewide constitutional amendments that will go before voters on November 6. BRAC is neutral on the other amendments.

July 26, 2018

2018  East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Election Platform

To promote quality public education outcomes, BRAC developed a platform of policies that it hopes will be embraced by all candidates for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

November 3, 2017

East Baton Rouge Parish November 18 Ballot Referendums

With the start of early voting, BRAC released its position on one of five ballot referendums that will go before the voters in East Baton Rouge Parish on November 18.

October 26, 2017

If They Don’t Build It, the Jobs Won’t Come

BRAC defends the Industrial Tax Exemption Program and its pivotal role in sustaining economic growth in the Capital Region. The commentary underscores the importance of the construction jobs created by manufacturing projects as a catalyst for economic stability and vitality.

September 28, 2017

2017 Statewide Ballot Referendums

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber released support for two of three proposed statewide constitutional amendments that will go before the voters on October 14. BRAC is neutral on the other amendment.

August 22, 2017

Shouting Away Manufacturing

BRAC addresses the misinformation disseminated by Together Baton Rouge and urges local governing bodies to collaborate toward timely decisions on ITEP applications.

February 23, 2017

BRAC Public Policy Commentary: Programming the Tech Sector Pipeline

State and regional education policymakers should broaden the scope of efforts to promote expanded high school enrollments in computer science by adopting expertly-vetted and robust computer science course options that reach a majority of students.

November 29, 2016

EBR Mayor-President Runoff Candidate Questionnaires

FuturePAC, with permission from the candidates, released responses to its candidate questionnaire submitted by mayor-president runoff candidates Sharon Weston Broome and Bodi White.

November 22, 2016

East Baton Rouge Parish December 10 Ballot Referendums

BRAC released its positions on certain ballot referendums that will go before the voters in East Baton Rouge Parish on December 10.

October 24, 2016

2016 EBR and Statewide Ballot Referendums

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber released positions on certain referendums that will go before the voters on November 8, including two propositions before the voters of East Baton Rouge Parish, and two of six proposed statewide constitutional amendments. BRAC is neutral or has taken no position on the other ballot initiatives appearing on the November 8 ballot.

September 29, 2016

2016 East Baton Rouge Mayor-President and Metro Council Election Platform

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber published its 2016 election platform for the East Baton Rouge Mayor-President’s and Metro Council races.

September 6, 2016

On Louisiana’s Implementation of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act: The State Should Include Meaningful Workplace Experiences

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) review provides an opportunity to increase student engagement in relevant and valuable workplace experiences, and to add those experiences as a measurement of school quality at the high school level.

April 20, 2016

BRAC Public Policy Commentary: Why Passenger Rail Matters

New research demonstrating the economic interconnectivity of southeast Louisiana, congestion issues  growing worse due to rapid economic expansion, and Louisiana’s fiscal state make rail restoration the responsible option.

October 8, 2015

BRAC Public Policy Commentary: New student test scores should be met with discernment, determination

Louisiana’s students have demonstrated impressive gains and deserve the opportunity for further achievement under higher standards.

August 13, 2015

BRAC Public Policy Commentary: Comprehensive Fiscal Reform Must Address “Expenditure Straightjacket,” Increase Budgetary Flexibility, and Unlock Spending Restrictions

As BRAC previously expressed in its 2015 Legislative Review – analyzing the “disappointing” session that imposed significant tax increases on businesses throughout the state and severe cuts to the economic development programs that have helped power the state’s job-producing momentum…

June 4, 2015

BRAC Public Policy Commentary: In Filling Budget Hole, Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

It was difficult to overlook the disconnect between two separate actions leading the news from the state Capitol on Tuesday: the first, a report from the Louisiana Workforce Commission documenting continued private sector job growth in the state…

March 2, 2015

BRAC Public Policy Commentary: Eighteen of Twenty Top-Performing Metro Economies at Risk from New Ozone Standards

All but two of the nation’s top twenty metropolitan area economies, as ranked by the Brookings Institution’s assessment of performance through recession and recovery, would fall into “ozone nonattainment” status…