The Northwest Louisiana Legislative Summit in Bossier City

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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS)- Business leaders and organizations across Northwest Louisiana met in Bossier City to receive an update from the recent legislative session. At the summit, there was a panel to address education, tax reform, criminal justice, and infrastructure.

“Our community needs Interstate 49. Secretary Wilson and Governor Edwards, we need your help! We have the money to get the Jimmie Davis Bridge fixed,” Senator Barrow Peacock said.

Governor Edwards said he is committed to getting the 3.8 mile stretch of Interstate 49 completed. However, the money for the project will be bonded out next year.

“The project costs about 700 million dollars. We are working with lawmakers including Rep Mike Johnson,” Governor John Bel Edwards said.

Many of the infrastructure proposition bills failed during the latest legislature session. Louisiana Senator Ryan Gatti is hopeful that change will lead to the projects being addressed.

“You are going to see some real reform happen next year. You will see new leadership in both houses,” Gatti said.

A shakeup in the government could lead to major tax reform.

“I think we are losing population because the tax structure is not addressed. We are going to continue to reform the tax structure and look at insurance reform,” Gatti said.

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