COVID-19 struck Louisiana’s economy at its core, taking down tourism and oil and gas. As we all work together to rebuild a new, more diverse and expansive Louisiana’s economy, we must remember what hampered our growth before the pandemic. If you ask any major company or economic development professional, Louisiana’s D rated roads and bridges have been hampering our economy for decades. Regardless of the pandemic, this core issue has not and will not change without deliberate action by the legislature.
Trying to lure businesses and people to Louisiana is a tough sell when our roads will leave them either stuck in traffic or with a blowout. No amount of government incentives will change this fact, but the solution is simple. Invest now and show the nation that we are not just open for business, but doing what it takes to support a booming economy for decades to come.
COVID-19 has taught us that we need a more diverse economy that isn’t so reliant on a couple vulnerable sectors. Louisiana is blessed with just about every natural resource we could ask for, and if we are going to finally leverage that into a new Louisiana economy, goods and people have got to be able to get from point A to B in a safe, efficient way. Our D rated roads and bridges won’t cut it any longer. #FixLARoads