Together Louisiana just beat back an attempt at legislative subterfuge to undermine local control over industrial tax exemptions.
Senator Bodi White tried to use the conference committee process to throw out the ENTIRE CONTENT of a resolution he sponsored, replacing it, whole cloth, with the language of a bill to undermine local control over industrial tax exemptions that had been defeated 5 TIMES this session already.
The trickery passed the Senate unanimously, with no one, it seems, catching what was going on. It was set for a House floor vote Thursday afternoon.
Rep. Ted James caught the dirty trick and alerted Together Louisiana.
TLA sent out an action alert at 2:37pm. And here's what happened next:
Who: Delta Interfaith with Together Louisiana
When: Thursday, May 30, 2pm
Where: State Capitol in Baton Rouge (foot of the front steps of the Capitol building)
Topic: Expose and seek action on illegal activity costing East Carroll Parish $6.2 million in tax revenue
They say Lake Providence and East Carroll Parish, where I live and work, is the "poorest place in America."
Something shocking has taken place in that place.
More than $6 million in local tax revenue -- funds that would have gone to our public schools, roads and essential services -- has been taken from East Carroll Parish due to illegal actions by both governmental and corporate entities.
Sister Bernie Barrett
Delta Interfaith (part of Together Louisiana)
The new Together Louisiana report introduces the #ReverseRobinhoodIndex, which shows - Parish by Parish - that ITEP reform can lower the property taxes for homeowners and small businesses. Read the full report to see what that would mean for your Parish.
Download the new Reverse Robinhood report HERE. ?
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Story credit W/SWIAF@swiaf.org
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