One major theme of this year’s legislative session is a desire to make Louisiana a more attractive place to do business. This is the chief rationale behind a tax reform package, backed by the Legislature’s leadership, to simplify things by eliminating deductions and exemptions while lowering overall tax rates.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if lawmakers accomplished this difficult task, and still managed to chase business away?
It could happen. The warning signs are everywhere.
They’re in Georgia, where a new Republican-backed law governing how elections are held grew directly out of President Donald Trump’s big lie that the election there was rife with fraud, and followed close Democratic wins for president and two U.S. Senate seats. You can debate the individual provisions — the one shifting authority from those who held the line when Trump demanded they overrule the majority of voters is particularly concerning, and new restrictions on providing water to people in line are simply offensive — but there’s no question that the quick action was a response to results that those in power in the GOP-controlled statehouse didn’t like.
They’re in states such as Mississippi, where lawmakers have passed legislation barring transgender girls and women from taking part in competitive school sports, and also in numerous states considering restricting medical care for transgender youths.