BATON ROUGE – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited Deloach Marine Services in Port Allen. Deloach Marine Service operates towing vessels and pushing barges along the lower Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. They also provide shipyard repair services to the inland marine industry.
While there, Cassidy learned about the difficulties Deloach Marine Services has had in hiring workers. Due to the enhanced unemployment benefit re-authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, small businesses throughout Louisiana have been unable to hire workers.
“We have a serious problem when the government pays people more not to work than small businesses can afford to pay them to work,” said Dr. Cassidy. “It’s time for government to get out the way and get people back to work!”
Cassidy was joined by Mr. Z. Dave Deloach, the owner of Deloach Marine Services.
“I am honored and grateful to Senator Cassidy for stopping by my establishment this morning to get my view on a very important topic to all the workforce and the employers in our state – how do we fill the numerous positions available to the workforce,” said Mr. Deloach. “We were filling them before Covid came along, but now we cannot find people to fill those very same jobs today, while we know there are persons in the workforce still unemployed. Senator Cassidy has always watched out for the people of this state, whether they be in the workforce or the employers. He always takes a very pragmatic approach to find solutions that support good economic policies that enable our commerce and industry to thrive. And for that I appreciate his time.”