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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


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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