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Americans for Prosperity – Louisiana Celebrates a Successful Year and Lays Out Vision for 2023

Dec 15, 2022 by AFP

BATON ROUGE, LA — Americans for Prosperity – Louisiana (AFP-LA) had a successful year, engaging with hundreds of Louisianans, passing meaningful reforms, and gearing up for 2023.

AFP-LA Grassroots Engagement Director Nathan Sanders released the following statement: 

“In 2022, AFP-LA leveraged a large team of grassroots activists by building meaningful relationships, uniting diverse communities, and mobilizing passionate individuals to unleash the resources, culture, and people that make Louisiana the best place to be. I am proud of our success at passing new laws that break down barriers to economic opportunities and hosting hundreds of activists at a range of engaging events. Looking ahead to next year, we will work to eliminate the state’s income tax, pass meaningful Criminal Justice Investments, and promote policies that improve the lives of all Louisianans.”

Events:

  • In April 2022, over 300 Louisianans attended the “Peel Tails, Re-peal Taxes” crawfish boil. AFP-LA’s signature event is an opportunity to discuss repealing the state’s income tax. This year, State Rep. Richard Nelson (District 89) and State Rep. Mark Wright (District 77) joined for a discussion moderated by the CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer.
  • As part of the AFP True Costs Campaign, aimed at helping Americans hurting from sky-high inflation, AFP-LA hosted a series of events dropping the price of gas to $2.38 per gallon and giving out gift cards to local restaurants.
  • In September, AFP-LA hosted “Education in Louisiana: Choosing Students” in Baton Rouge. Joined by school choice experts in the community, activists showed up to ask questions and discuss how they can be more effective voices for school choice and expand ESAs in Louisiana.

Legislative wins: 

  • The Right to Earn a Living Act (HB1062): Signed into law by the governor, this law requires occupational licensing boards and commissions to justify their rules and regulations based on public health, safety, welfare or a fiduciary duty. By stopping excessive government regulation, Louisianans, especially those living in poverty, will be more easily able to open businesses and pursue professional opportunities.
  • (HB639): Signed into law by the governor, this law allows felons to petition state licensing boards to determine licensing eligibility before participating in school or training. This breaks down a barrier to re-entry for those leaving the justice system.