Landry implements crucially-good ITEP reforms
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3d ago
Given the bad hand Louisiana’s Constitution dealt him, Republican Gov. Jeff Landry did his best and largely successfully to fix problems created in the past few years with the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program. ITEP reflects a constitutional power defined by the mostly gubernatorial-appointed Board of Commerce and Industry and the Department of Economic Development which allows it to exempt manufacturing firms from property taxes from value added to property used for discrete projects that create new or expand operations. However, the Constitution vests the final power in the hand of th ..read more
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Changes only can improve LA public defense
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4d ago
Opposition to changing governance of Louisiana’s indigent defense from an appointed board to a gubernatorial designee generated more heat than light and shouldn’t derail an improvement to a system as yet never quite fixed. SB 8 by Republican state Sen. Mike Reese may end up the most controversial bill of the Legislature’s Second Extraordinary Session of 2024. Its initial hearing dragged on for hours with support voiced for it by State Public Defender Remy Starns and a few others, but most of the time was taken by opponents, many connected to public defense. The bill would remove the Louisiana ..read more
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Data point to Summer EBT as unneeded in LA
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4d ago
Louisiana’s political left has a full-court press on to try to score political points over the Republican Gov. Jeff Landry Administration decision not to dole out more cash to lower-income households with children – all the while ignoring data that supports that decision. Liberal politicians and special interests have criticized the choice not to participate in the Summer EBT program, which gives cash benefits of $40 a school-aged child for three months in the summer. It’s estimated that it would have shoveled $71 million to state families out of federal monies. Of course, that attitude acts a ..read more
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Over execution, Hollywood may help LA save cash
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5d ago
As with most candidates for governor last year, the winner Republican Gov. Jeff Landry disappointed on the issue of Louisiana’s Motion Picture Investors tax credit, but maybe he’s hit on a less-direct way to skin a cat over the issue of expanding capital punishment options. The film tax credit is notorious for its waste of taxpayer dollars, costing the state typically hundreds of millions of dollars annually with only a fraction returning to the treasury in the form of income taxes on those employed in production, sales taxes for good related to filming, and the like. It functions as a form of ..read more
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Tax fatigued voters may doom Bossier renewal
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5d ago
In April, most Bossier City residents will be solicited to slap upon themselves again a large amount of property taxes, and to a smaller degree parish residents outside of municipalities face the same. As a result, chances are good that at least some portion of current taxes will be rejected. All of Bossier City, Bossier Parish, and the majority part of both encapsulated in the Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District have cued up property tax renewals on the Apr. 27 ballot. The State Bond Commission last week approved for the date a pair of city levies for 8.32 and 2.71 ..read more
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Next session offers big chance to reduce crime
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1w ago
The next special session this year of the Louisiana Legislature, dealing with justice matters with a bit of monetary matters thrown in, promises to be remarkable both in successful coverage of a governor’s intent and setting the stage to achieve a policy goal of crime reduction. Last week, Republican Gov. Jeff Landry issued the call of two dozen items, and with four days to go before commencement of the meetup that could go as long as 17 days possibly ending only five days before the start of the regular session – leaving several days still realistically for introduction of bills – prefiled bi ..read more
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Landry offers welcome change in budgeting
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1w ago
Republican Gov. Jeff Landry produced a solid budget request for Louisiana, in a refreshing change of pace one designed to live within the state’s means rather than as an instrument to grow government. Overall, the budget envisions slightly lower spending, although about two-thirds of that fall is driven by reductions in federal dollars as the debt binge used to hose down states with money dries up. Much of the rest comes from a decline in statutory dedication receipts, with very nominal decreases in the general fund and self-generated funds. In these cases, the revenue sources that fell largel ..read more
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For now, LA legislative map decision does little
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1w ago
There’s much less to the eye regarding the ultimate impact of the decision recently rendered in Nairne v. Landry than the possibility this case eventually could upend reapportionment jurisprudence very much in the opposite direction of the ruling. The case involves reapportionment of Louisiana’s legislative districts after the 2020 census, involving plaintiffs similar to those in the winding-down case regarding reapportionment of its congressional districts. In that other case, the same Middle District of Louisiana Judge Shelly Dick ruled an expansive reading of Title 2 of the Voting Rights Ac ..read more
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Officials wisely eschew problematic new welfare
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1w ago
Louisianans should thank a couple of senior officials, one who’s been on the job awhile and the other a newcomer, for saving the state many millions of dollars, from excess bureaucracy, and from disincentives to self-sufficiency. Last week, new Department of Children and Family Services Sec. David Matlock confirmed the state wouldn’t take part in the new Summer EBT program sponsored by the federal government, Essentially, the new program – born from the pandemic era as an additional direct cash benefit – extends the school meal programs designed to help lower-income families into the summer wh ..read more
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BC review panel signals moves on term limits
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2w ago
The term limits issue in Bossier City elections took interesting turns this past week that will impact what voters see on the ballot the remainder of the year and reveals the high stakes involved for the parish’s political establishment. Last week, the city’s Charter Review Commission met mainly to go over more preliminaries about input into its task, but sparks flew when the term limits subject came up. The four appointees by Republican Mayor Tommy Chandler and Republican Councilors Chris Smith and Brian Hammons at various points have signaled they want to see the recommendations forwarded in ..read more
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