LABI Annual Meeting to feature panel of fiscal experts and OhioCheckbook.com movement key players

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) announced the participation of a key player from the team who created “OhioCheckbook.com” at the organization’s Annual Meeting next Thursday, Feb. 8, in Baton Rouge.

In 2014, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which set a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history put all state spending information on the internet.  OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row. Leaders in Louisiana are seeking to replicate this successful model in an effort to shine a light on state and local spending amidst perennial discussions of the government’s budget challenges.

Representatives from the Ohio Treasurer’s office will participate in an hour-long morning panel hosted by LABI at their 2018 Annual Meeting – Reimagining Louisiana: Bolder Vision, Brighter Future. This panel will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. The full panel includes Dr. Loren Scott of Loren C. Scott and Associates, Inc., newly elected Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder, and a panelist from the “OhioCheckbook.com” team, Director of Public Affairs Frank Kohstall.

Dr. Loren Scott will take the audience through Louisiana’s current economic situation, and Treasurer Schroder will provide an update on his early days in the Treasurer’s office and his plans to move Louisiana toward transparency. The Ohio team member will discuss the creation and history of OhioCheckbook.com, and provide a demonstration of the website, showcasing how it has set a new national standard for transparency while empowering taxpayers to hold public officials accountable.

“We are thrilled to have national experts join our strong Louisiana team to discuss the details of OhioCheckbook.com,” stated Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) president and CEO Stephen Waguespack. “Louisiana should seek to emulate national best practices, and this meeting of the minds is a great step towards empowering and engaging taxpayers here at home.”

The idea to infuse this level of transparency into Louisiana has been touted for months by various groups, including LABI, but most recently by the Louisiana Speaker of the House Taylor Barras. An enhanced transparency website is a key priority for many in the Legislature and is now slated to be a critical topic in the 2018 legislative session. The LABI Annual Meeting panel will provide lawmakers and the administration with helpful insight and details as they seek to craft a Louisiana model.

When asked about a “LouisianaCheckbook.com” system, Treasurer Schroder stated, “There is no doubt in my mind that we need Louisianacheckbook.com. Transparency is not a partisan issue; it is something that every elected official should proudly embrace. I am committed to working with anyone to get this right, as long as the result makes it easy for taxpayers to see exactly how government spends their money.”

This informative panel will kick off the morning of LABI’s 2018 Annual Meeting where the most-listened-to woman in America on political talk radio, Editor-in-Chief, and Co-Founder of LifeZette.com, Laura Ingraham will serve as the Keynote Speaker during the luncheon.

LABI 2018 Annual Meeting schedule:

February 7:
7:00-9:00 p.m. LABI Member and Legislator VIP Reception
(Open to legislators and members only)

February 8
8 a.m. to noon: Registration
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Morning Panel
10:30 a.m.: Break
11:00-11:30 a.m.: Annual LABI Membership and Board Meeting
Noon: Luncheon Keynote with Laura Ingraham

For more information please visit Eventbrite. Note that online registration has closed and the Luncheon is sold-out.