The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released its 2019 legislative and gubernatorial election platform, calling for an aggressive focus on major regional challenges.
The platform, which can be downloaded on brac.org, charges candidates to lead on transportation solutions, economic development and entrepreneurship, workforce development, fiscal reform, and quality of place.
“With the governor’s office on the line and the amount of legislative turnover, this election cycle is critical. It must produce results,” says Adam Knapp, BRAC CEO in a prepared statement. “Change and serious progress have been too slow. As the region’s economic developer and the voice of the local business community, we urge our state’s leaders to focus on the major issues that drive jobs. The decisions made by elected officials will either accelerate our economy or hamstring it.”
The platform includes a call to action for legislators and the governor to hold a special session in 2020 to address statewide transportation infrastructure, particularly a new Mississippi River Bridge crossing and connectors in the Capital Region, and support passenger rail between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Other highlights include strengthening economic development incentives, universal early childhood education and turnaround plans for low-performing schools, a constitutional convention for fiscal reform, and higher maintenance standards for Louisiana interstates and urban thoroughfares.