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James A. Richardson, Ph.D.
Revenue Estimating Conference

JAMES A. RICHARDSON is John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Richardson has also served as Director of the Public Administration Institute, Chairman of the Department of Economics, Acting Dean of the College of Business Administration, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Richardson has served since 1987 as the private economist on the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, the panel with the constitutional authority and responsibility to provide official revenue estimates for the state. Dr. Richardson also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Research Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for A Better Louisiana.

Dr. Richardson is currently co-chair of the Task Force for Structural Change in Budget and Tax Policy as created by the Louisiana Legislature.

Dr. Richardson received his bachelors of art degree in economics from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas and his Master’s degree in economics and the doctorate in economics from The University of Michigan. Dr. Richardson specializes in regional forecasting, state and local tax policy, economic development, and public policy.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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