The top 10 quips and one-liners that appeared in the pages of Business Report in 2016.
“The only ballot with my name on it was mine.”
Kip Holden, Baton Rouge mayor, after earning only 20% of the vote in the 2nd Congressional District race.
“Good is not good enough. How do I stay up with an ear infection until 2 a.m. but still
present at the board meeting?”
Stacey Chiasson, North American public relations leader for Dow Chemical, on the pressure women face both at home and in the workplace.
“You’ll see serious red numbers if NAFTA is repealed. It’ll make the Great Depression look like nothing.”
Loren Scott, economist, on President-elect Donald Trump’s criticisms of free trade.
“It seems that the only time I come to Press Club is after the Legislature tries to shut the office down.”
Stephen Street, Louisiana inspector general, on a failed attempt in this year’s legislative session to remove all state funding for his office.
“The governor’s administration stole our vision for north Baton Rouge and repackaged it as their own.”
Chauna Banks, Metro Council member, on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announced plan for an emergency room at Our Lady of the Lake’s urgent care clinic on Airline Highway in north Baton Rouge.
“I wish I could get my kids to do 80% of what I wanted them to do. And you can make an argument whether your kids are tougher to work with than the Legislature.”
Steven Procopio, policy director at the Public Affairs Research Council, in claiming that Gov. John Bel Edwards got about “80% of what he wanted” accomplished in this year’s legislative sessions.
“As much as we have loved having the Red Cross and FEMA here, it would be fantastic to have the film business here again.”
Patrick Mulhearn, executive director of Celtic Studios, on interest picking up in the movie studio after it served as a shelter for victims of the August flood.
“I like it when people talk nerdy to me.”
State Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, after hearing an update on Louisiana’s education standards.
“This wasn’t supposed to be my exit strategy.”
Johnny Naylor, former owner of Naylor’s Hardware and Garden Center, on selling his remaining assets to Clegg’s Nursery after his business flooded in August.
“Everything that exists on the southside of town, we want it on the north side of the town. I don’t like the fact that I have to drive five or 10 miles to go to a grocery store in my community.”
State Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, on the lack of economic development in north Baton Rouge.