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Governor talks business at latest stakeholder meeting

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Posted: Dec 13, 2010 8:30 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Dec 13, 2010 8:30 PM
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Topics: Governor Jindal, Governor Bobby Jindal, business, Louisiana business, stakeholders meeting, NUCOR

BATON ROUGE - Economic development held the table at Governor Bobby Jindal's stakeholders meeting Monday, part of a series of talks on budget issues facing the state.

The governor has said at each of these meetings he does not plan to raise taxes or roll back any tax exemptions, and that's seemed to be what businesses want to hear.

After the meeting Monday, Jindal sited the near loss of the NUCOR plant slated for St. James parish as an example of how policy change could push businesses out of the state or country. NUCOR could decide not to complete all five stages of the steel plant, and Jindal said he's not willing to lose their or any other business because of taxes.

While no concrete policy or change has come from these meetings, the governor did say he believes much of the work done already dealing with taxes on utilities costs, debt, and new equipment has put the state in good shape when it comes to attracting businesses.

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