Abbott was hosted by The Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. at the Training Center in Baton Rouge.

Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, visited Baton Rouge on March 18.

Abbott was hosted by The Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. at the Training Center in Baton Rouge. Abbott was one of a few individuals who highlighted the need to make Louisiana's economy competitive again.

Also present was President and CEO of ABC Pelican David Helveston, NFIB State Director Dawn Starns, Ralph Abraham, and Eddie Rispone. Abraham and Rispone are both candidates for Governor.

Helveston began the press conference by sharing that Texas has grown and created 300,000 new jobs under Abbott’s service.

"Small businesses are what creates most of our jobs," Abbott said. "I'm thankful for places like ABC who help to build the labor force by providing skills. In Louisiana, I see all of the makings of a strong and robust business sector. Steps just need to be taken towards that."

Abbott continued on, stating that the biggest roadblock in Louisiana is the government raising taxes. Additionally, in January 2019, Louisiana had the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the United States. He wonders if Louisiana can afford four more years of this under Edwards.

"The governor of Louisiana is holding the economy back by raising taxes and creating a hostile business environment. This is causing companies to flee, taking good paying jobs with them. It's time for a change," Abbott said. "Louisiana has two exceptionally qualified candidates running for governor in Representative Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone. Both of these candidates will put the needs of Louisianans first, and create an economy that provides high-paying jobs for all."

"Louisiana's small, family owned businesses literally cannot afford four more years of John Bel Edwards," said NFIB State Director Dawn Starns. "He has raised taxes and will continue to raise taxes to fund larger government. Small business already operates on a thin margin and while optimistic about the outlook for the national economy, they have grave concerns about the Louisiana economy."

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