Economic development analyst Greg LeRoy is coming to Louisiana this week to talk heresy.
“The main message is quit putting so many eggs in the petrochemical basket. You’re spending money in ways that aren’t effective,” LeRoy said in an interview from his Washington, D.C., office at Good Jobs First. Created in 1998 to study tax exemptions, the think tank operated off of $861,400 in donations in 2016.
LeRoy argues that Louisiana surrenders tax collections too promiscuously — 469 exemptions in all, leaving $6.9 billion on the table according to the House Fiscal Office — and is nevertheless creating jobs at a rate that lags the nation…