Rispone (on occupational licensing): “I understand what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to restrict competition……and we’re going to stop that and phase them all out!”

Baton Rouge businessman and Republican candidate for Louisiana Gov. Eddie Rispone.


U. S. Congressman and Republican candidate for Louisiana Gov. Ralph Abraham.

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, the 6th District Coalition of Republican Women sponsored a forum featuring the two Republican candidates for Governor of Louisiana:  Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham.

Eight questions were posed to the candidates individually (i.e. one candidate responded to four questions and the other candidate responded to another four questions).  The two candidates drew numbers for the questions from a hat.

Eddie Rispone just so happened to draw the question which Sound Off Louisiana and many of its subscribers who hold occupational licenses consider by far the most relevant to them, which is Louisiana’s very high ranking for licensing occupations which many other states don’t.

Let’s take a look at Rispone’s response, which followed forum moderator Daniel Erspamer (CEO of the Louisiana-based Pelican Institute) first laying the foundation for the significant economic harm which has been inflicted upon Louisiana’s economy by many of these occupational licensing boards and commissions:


Republican candidate and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone responds to Erspamer’s question regarding the adverse economic impacts of Louisiana’s occupational licensing boards and commissions.

We at Sound Off Louisiana could not be more pleased with the emphatic statement of Rispone above!  We would like to point out, however, that, as a result of the format of the forum, Abraham was not provided with an opportunity to weigh in on his sentiments regarding occupational licensing in Louisiana.  In fairness to him, a similar question was posed of him in February, and his response was very similar to Rispone’s above.

We want to thank the 6th District Coalition of Republican Women for their hard work in sponsoring this forum, and we’d like to encourage everyone to view the forum in its entirety by clicking here.

Let us conclude by strongly encouraging everyone to vote for either businessman Eddie Rispone or U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham on October 12 (voting for either assists in blocking Edwards from reaching 50% and winning in the primary) and, thereafter, voting for whichever candidate makes the runoff against Edwards.

In our firm opinion, it is absolutely critical that one of these two gentlemen be elected as the next Louisiana Governor in order to revive Louisiana’s struggling economy by removing the types of barriers referenced by Rispone above, lowering business taxes, and instituting tort reform (Abraham drew that question, and we welcome subscribers to view it at the link above).

In short, we absolutely must make changes to keep our businesses from leaving the state due to outrageous insurance premiums, reverse Louisiana’s severe outmigration issue, and tear down barriers to people making an honest living by removing protectionist propensities of Louisiana’s occupational licensing boards and commissions.

Since none of these developments are remotely possible under another four years of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, in our opinion, re-electing him to another four years would be nothing short of an unmitigated disaster!

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One thought on “Rispone (on occupational licensing): “I understand what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to restrict competition……and we’re going to stop that and phase them all out!””

  1. Ralph Abraham is the biggest joke in La politics since Bobby Jindal. He has gotten wealthy off a bilking Medicaid in a community with 6,000 people, while 2 pharmacies 12 miles apart dispenses 1.5 million opioids. He is a plastic phony.

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