Governor speaks in Delhi
Governor Bobby Jindal believes Louisiana has come a long way but still has strides left to make.
Jindal was guest speaker at the Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance annual meeting Friday in Delhi.
“Our unemployment rate is below the national average,” he said. “Three of the top 10 cities for job growth in the nation are in Louisiana and 96 percent of our banks are in the two categories for security. Yes, we are facing challenges but we are doing better than the rest of the country.”
Jindal touted the state’s natural resources and location at the mouth of the Mississippi River as a boon to business development once the state’s reputation for corruption and anti-business practices are cleaned up.
“We’re not a poor state,” he said. “We’re a blessed state. We should be running circles around any state in the nation.”
His administration is already working to make those changes.
“In our first year, we’ve gone from 46th in ethics to first,” he said. “We’re making changes to our tax system to make the state more attractive to businesses.”
The state has also begun to address the problem of decaying highways by dedicating transportation tax funds to maintaining transportation.
“Now there’s a crazy idea,” he said. “Let’s take tax dollars and spend them the things they’re supposed to be spent on.”
Jindal added health care and educational reform are also high priorities on his list.
“We’ve got to stop exporting our greatest resource,” he said. “We’ve got to stop sending our children to other states.”