“Things are happening and we are working to get a new crossing of the river,” he continued. ”...We know that much more needs to be done.”

“Let’s figure out how to work together to help improve Iberville Parish, to work on some of the objectives on the transportation crisis that we have, help to improve our economy and create new job opportunities, work with the community college, technical system to make sure that we have the workforce prepared for the workplaces in America,” Graves said.

About 10 minutes into his talk at the Grand Ballroom at Nottoway Plantation, the congressman said the federal income tax system needed a serious revamping.

While Democrats say the tax plans that have been proposed are designed to lower taxes for the rich and businesses while making middle and lower class people pay more, Graves said the two parties need to work in bipartisan fashion to come up with a plan.

The taxes levied on businesses, especially small businesses, he continued, also needed to be reevaluated and lowered.

“We need to lower taxes,” Graves said, and not just for individuals but business and industry as well. The federal government also needs to continue to deregulate industry.

A report issued last year from a study of federal regulations showed Louisiana businesses were up against being at 74 percent higher of the national average, which the congressman said drives new business and industry to other states and countries while putting many small companies out of business.


Because of the repeal of a number of regulations on companies this year along, Congress saved about $90 billion for those companies, monies that can be used to create jobs, improve the economy.

“Congress is trying to reduce taxes,” Garret said. “We’re doing it because we want to help everybody...making the economy more competitive.”

“We have an opportunity right now to update our tax code,” he continued later, saying the current tax code was put into effect in 1986. “The tax code affects every person in this room.”

“Help us make sure that the tax code benefits Louisiana, benefits America and is truly something that is fair, simple and low,” Graves said.