SPONSORED: ARA Holds Annual Trade Show in New Orleans

This week, the American Rental Association (ARA) held their annual conference and trade show, The Rental Show, in New Orleans. The event showcased national and local heavy equipment businesses, their equipment, and presented several educational seminars and networking receptions.  The conference provided an opportunity to boast the importance of this industry to our state’s economic growth. Governor John Bel Edwards delivered the keynote address on Monday, welcoming over 12,000 convention attendees.  

ARA, a client of The Picard Group, is a nonprofit trade alliance for businesses that sell and rent heavy equipment, with members from across the United States. The Picard Group is actively involved with the alliance, ensuring these businesses continue to grow and have a positive impact on the state’s economic success.  “There is tremendous economic growth taking place in the state — especially in the southwest part of Louisiana where oil and gas plants and industrial structures are being built. The competitiveness of our equipment rental industry plays an important role in the success of these construction projects and ultimately our state’s economy,” stated Nick Cahanin, Director of State & Local Government at The Picard Group.

In 2017, several heavy equipment retailers, including ARA, formed The Heavy Equipment Rental Taxation (HERT) Coalition to focus on taxation policy changes of 2016 and educate decision-makers on how the businesses were disproportionately affected by the double taxation of ACT 25. As a result of the HERT Coalition’s compelling testimony and industry specific data analysis, the various task force recommendations unanimously acknowledged the industry’s tax policy disadvantage and recommended the sales tax on business inputs be repealed.

The HERT Coalition continues their work to ensure Louisiana’s tax rate for heavy equipment providers is comparable to surrounding states. Cahanin said, “Since the 2016 Law, State Officials and Legislators have been very receptive to our message, and diligent in helping put the heavy equipment rental industry back on track to be competitive once again.”

With members from over 125 offices in Louisiana, one in almost every Senate and House District, The HERT Coalition contributes upwards of $50 million in sales taxes to state and local authorities and have more than 1,500 dedicated employees supporting the construction and industrial trades in Louisiana.

LOWDOWN: How A Podcast Gets Made

Here at LaPolitics, we like to use our videos and podcasts to teach you something you don’t already know. So in this week’s Lowdown, we’re

Ronnie, Riverboats & Re-Election Campaigns

His father pitched for The New York Yankees before gaining his political chops in Bunkie, Louisiana, just like his son did. So who is it

SPONSORED: Celebrating 25 Years Of Burkenroad Reports

Twenty-five years ago, Professor Peter Ricchiuti founded a unique learning opportunity for Tulane University graduate students that has not

PRE-SINE DIE Q&A WITH SEN. BRET ALLAIN

LaPolitics: That final Finance vote in HB 1 was such a break from the session rhythm. Quick, unemotional and transactional. Was that

ALFORD: The Capitol’s Dirty Little Secret

The governor of Louisiana is not politically omnipotent. (I’m referring to the storied position of governor, not the man or the woman who

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: John Breaux’s Last-Minute Win Over Henson Moore

U.S. Sen. Russell B. Long’s announcement that he would retire after 36 years in the upper chamber was unexpected, as he had been building

PHOTO GALLERY: The Final Four Hours Of The Special Session That Never Was

   

“Members, It Is 12 a.m.”

It’s called a photo finish for a reason, not that the House, Senate and Edwards Administration would need photographic evidence to help sort

VIDEO: Who’s The Man Behind The Tree?

When politicians want your money, the idea is bound to come up. "Don't tax you. Don't tax me. Tax the man behind the tree." But who is

The LaPolitics Report: Meet Monty

This episode features Monty Sullivan, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, who provides a political read

LaPolitics Weekly Special Edition: FISCAL CLIFFHANGER

THE RUNDOWN Weekend action slated at Capitol… Sunday is budget-tax day on Senate floor… Sales tax amendments doomed… But the rate is still

LaPolitics Weekly: THEY SAID IT

“I didn't write the Constitution. I’m just trying to follow it.” —Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry, during HB 1 floor debate “I’m trying

Major Moves In SOS Race: Free announces, Werner out & JNK wades in

Like he did during last year’s special election for state treasurer, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is picking sides again in the special election

FISCAL CLIFFHANGER: A Political Melodrama Told In Three Acts

FISCAL CLIFFHANGER A POLITICAL MELODRAMA TOLD IN THREE ACTS How a failed sales tax bill set the special session’s tone, bridged a deep

What The Heck Is John Alario Saying?

Have you ever listened closely to the words being said into the mic Senate President John Alario while he’s overseeing the business of the

SPONSORED: CGI Announces Major Louisiana Expansion

During his special session speech on May 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with IT company CGI executive Dave Henderson, announced that CGI

#LA: John F. Jones & Social Media Advertising

“Social media is not magic. It’s just one of our many channels that we can use.” That’s the view of CenturyLink Public Policy and

JBE, Mitch & The Donald

This story was originally published in LaPolitics Weekly on May 18, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by

SPONSORED: Congratulations to Bruce Greenstein and LHC Group!

Congratulations to Bruce Greenstein on this week’s announcement that he will return to Louisiana to lead innovation at LHC Group as Chief

THE LaPOLITICS REPORT: Picard, Politics & Ponies

In our latest podcast episode of The LaPolitics Report, Tyron Picard of The Picard Group drops in for a conversation about a bygone era in

CAPITOL GAINS: At Home with Clay

 “This is what America wants to see.” That was the promise from a beer-toting Congressman Clay Higgins in this episode of Capitol

SPONSORED: The 106th First Lady’s Luncheon

The Picard Group was honored to attend the 106th First Lady’s Luncheon, honoring The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. Held on

IT’S PERSONAL

This story was originally published in LaPOLITICS Weekly on May 4, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by

THIS COULD BE YOU

You could say legislators in Illinois really dropped the ball when they failed to pass an operating budget for their state prior to the 2016

POD: Politics & Drilling, According To Briggs

In this episode of The LaPolitics Report, we talk to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs, who recently succeeded his