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Louisiana Positives: 2001
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Louisiana was one of 18 states to be awarded Renewal Community designations and the only state in the south to earn four. As a result of the Renewal Community designations, approved by Congress and administered by HUD, Louisiana will receive regulatory relief and tax breaks to help existing and new businesses provide more jobs and promote community revitalization. Louisiana businesses will be eligible to share in $17 billion in tax incentives to stimulate job growth, promote economic development and create affordable housing. The Renewal Community designation tax incentives are good for 7 years (HUD, 2001).

 The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has been recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections as one of only three in the country that has achieved full accreditation of its system. (ACA, November 2001)
 Louisiana is ranked 45th in per capita taxation (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001).

 Louisiana is among the most improved states in the Milken Institute's New Economy Index, leaping from 45th to 39th (Milken Institute, November 2001).

 Louisiana has maintained its B- grade over the past three years in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs annual ranking of state government performance. (Maxwell School, 2001).
 Louisiana is in the top 10 in Most New and Expanded Corporate Facilities (9th nationally) and Capital Investment per million residents (3rd). (Site Selection magazine, March 2001).

 Baton Rouge is ranked 3rd-best midsized city for entrepreneurs (, January 2002). 

 Louisiana ranked in the top 20 (19th) for small-business friendly states. (Small business Survival Index, 2001).

 Black-owned businesses are growing significantly in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans, with an 86 percent increase (companies with paid employees only). (U.S. Census Bureau, March 2001).

 Baton Rouge is ranked 10th best small metro area for growing businesses. Lafayette is 13th and Shreveport is 48th. Baton Rouge is 3rd for best cities for small business. (Inc. magazine, 2000)

 Louisiana climbed to 5th in the rankings for its increase in health care coverage for children, thanks to the success of the LaCHIP Program (Children's Defense Fund, July 2000).

 Louisiana jumped from its traditional rankings of 1st or 2nd in the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory to 12th in 1999 (last available report) while increasing productivity. The annual survey ranks states based on their amount of toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported by manufacturing facilities. The vast majority of these gains were accomplished through Louisiana's industry-based voluntary Responsible Care Program.

 LaCHIP is recognized as a national leader in programs of its type. (Families USA, a national consumer watchdog organization, October 1999)
 Louisiana is eighth in the nation for new manufacturing plants with 68. (Site Selection magazine, 2000)

 Louisiana's ranking for its use of technology in government has climbed from 44th to 18th  (Center for Digital Government, 2000).

 Through a federal program, New Orleans cut its infant mortality rate by 38 percent, and premature births are down nine percent. (U.S. DHHS, study period was 1993 - 2001)

 Louisiana is first in dollars spent for historic preservation. Louisiana spent more than a third of a billion in FY 2000, creating more than 9,000 jobs (National Park Service, 2000).

 Louisiana was second in tourism growth in 2000. The state saw 2.2 million more visitors in 2000 than in 1999, for an increase of 22 percent. (Travel Industry Association of America, 2000).

 Louisiana is the most improved state in the United Way State of Caring Index, which measures the social and economic health of the nation. The index covers areas such as health, education, civic engagement, safety and other quality-of-life areas. Chief area of improvement was public school per pupil expenditure. Louisiana increased K-12 funding to three times the national level (from 1988 to 1998). And Louisiana's support to non-profit groups grew more than 70 percent, almost double the national rate.

 Louisiana's Department of Social Services was one of only 11 states in the country to receive enhanced funding from USDA, Food and Nutrition Services for FFY 2000.  This was based on the state's Food Stamp payment error rate of 5.66%--the national average was 8.91%.  This low error rate is especially notable since Louisiana ranks 10th in the nation in the amount of food stamp benefits issued.  (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, April 2001)

 The most recent study undertaken by the Department of Health and Hospitals Office for Addictive Disorders shows that Louisiana continues to meet the goal of keeping illegal rate of retail tobacco sales below its goal of 10 percent, with a rate of 8.5 percent, one of the lowest rates in the nation. (DHH/Office of Addictive Disorders, November 2001)

 Louisiana got straight A's in the prestigious Bloomberg annual tax survey, which cites assessment differences from state to state and then ranks them for their tax friendliness. (May 2001)

       A- for overall tax friendliness (8th nationally)