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David Dismukes

David Dismukes: The dangers of trade protectionism for Louisiana

The Trump administration’s current trade initiatives, imposing billions of dollars in new tariffs, have the ability to wreak havoc on several important Gulf Coast...

Connie Fabre: Industrial investment needs stability

Over approximately the last two years, much has been researched and written about industrial investment, the petrochemical industry and property taxes in our state....

David Dismukes: The irrelevance of energy dominance

Politicians love buzz words and phrases in attempting to simplify and codify energy policy. In the past, “energy independence” was the rage and had...
Highway Trust Fund

Editor: Highway Trust Fund fix should be on the agenda

As with most anything else coming out of the Trump presidency, there’s as much trepidation as optimism over his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Consistent...

Editor: Millennials might be getting a bum rap

Fear not. There appears to be plenty of drive and tenacity coming out of the next generation. Given the success-oriented trajectory of those featured...

David Dismukes: The whys and hows of maintaining the oil price rise

The new year is bringing welcome relief to U.S. producers. As of mid-January, crude oil prices have climbed by 30% since August 2017, to...

Connie Fabre: The lifeblood of a community is capital investment

In recent years, the Baton Rouge region has had the good fortune to be the recipient of many new and expanded industrial plants. The decision...

Insight: Industrial wage pressures after the 2017 hurricanes

The storms of late summer 2017 were reminiscent of the year 2005. For those of us who remember that year, and many of us...

Insight: Taxing energy infrastructure

Amendment 1 was recently passed by the voters to remove what was becoming a very real opportunity for entrepreneurial tax assessors to tax energy...

Insight: Invest in people

Each year companies invest countless dollars in maintaining and upgrading their equipment, technology, products and services. Yet many fail to invest in their employees’...

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