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Jim Patterson
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

As LABI's Vice President of Governmental Relations, Mr. Patterson is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the day-to-day activities of LABI's lobbying team at the state capitol. Mr. Patterson also directs LABI’s Taxation and Finance Council and the Environmental Quality Council, and is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Right-to-Work Committee.

Before joining LABI, Jim was vice president of Technical Services for Unemployment Compensation Control Systems, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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