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Monday, 15 September 2014 11:26
Louisiana business: 39th tax fairness, GNO Inc, New Orleans tourism, Roomlia


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According to WalletHub, Louisiana is 39th in the nation tax fairness:

Tax systems vary dramatically across states and localities. Today, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub released its annual report on the Most & Least Fair State Tax Systems. Some states don’t have sales tax; others don’t tax income. Some families face high property tax burdens; some enjoy generous refundable tax credits.
All tax systems are different — but which are the most fair?
As a follow up to our 2014 Tax Fairness Survey, which focused largely on federal tax policy, WalletHub analyzed and ranked the 50 states based on the fairness of their state and local tax systems. We conducted a nationally representative survey to assess what Americans think a fair state and local tax system looks like. Our analysts then ranked the states based on how closely their tax systems matched what Americans think is fair. 


States with the Most Fair Tax Systems


States with the Least Fair Tax Systems















South Carolina 














































Key Findings & Stats

The poor are most overtaxed in Washington, Illinois and Florida; the wealthy top 1% are most undertaxed in Wyoming, Alaska and South Dakota.

The middle class is most overtaxed in Arkansas, New York and Hawaii.

Americans think a fair state and local tax system taxes higher-income households at a higher rate than lower-income households.

Conservatives and Liberals generally agree on what a fair tax system looks like. However, conservatives are more supportive of slightly higher taxes on the poor and lower taxes on the wealthy.

Current state and local tax systems are, on average, extremely unfair. While Americans — liberals and conservatives — think a progressive tax system is most fair, virtually every state has a regressive state and local tax structure.

Both “blue” states and “red” states are found to overtax the poor and undertax the rich, relative to what Americans think is fair.

To see where your state ranks, please visit:


Roomlia booking app is now available for Android and New Orleans is in then number.

Roomlia,  mobile hotel booking app created by former Expedia executives Michael Reichartz and Jim Ferguson which launched to critical praise on iOS in August, is now available for download on Android. With this announcement the roomlia app is now available to 94% of US smartphone users.

Designed by hospitality and digital experts who are both passionate about travel and knowledgeable about the hotel industry, roomlia launches on Android with multiple market first features designed to make the hotel booking experience simple. Roomlia is poised to become the premier mobile solution for hotel reservations and change the way we shop for and book hotels.

In addition to launching on Android, roomlia is also announcing availability in new markets including: New Orleans, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Reno-Lake Tahoe.

Available for download, roomlia offers:

Availability of rooms up to seven days from arrival

Rates exclusive to roomlia users

24/7 Customer Service 1.800.374.1226

Swipe to book: a one-swipe, one-tap process creating the fastest booking experience in travel

Option to search for roomlia deals near users via map feature

Rapidly growing hotel inventory giving users new options daily

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Louisiana Top 10

According to Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO INc, in “Top States for Doing Business 2014,” its annual survey of national site selectors, Area Development has ranked Louisiana in the Top 10 in multiple categories:

#6 Overall Top State for Business

#1 Incentive Programs

#2 Workforce Development Program

#3 Cooperative State Government

#3 Favorable Regulatory Environment

#3 Competitive Utility Rates

#4 Overall Business Environment

#4 Speed of Permitting

#5 Overall Cost of Doing Business 

Area Development writes:  [Louisiana] has combined a business-friendly approach with enduring advantages such as a highly productive and well-trained workforce and a modern transportation infrastructure.  Since 2008, the state has secured projects that are creating more than 83,000 new direct and indirect jobs and more than $54 billion in new capital investment, along with hundreds of millions of dollars in new sales for Louisiana’s small businesses. 

You can see the full article here.


Attention FBLA Advisers:
The Louisiana Business Challenge will be giving thousands of dollars away to high school students winning the Louisiana Business Challenge this year. Details are in the flyer on the LA FBLA Website.


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