‘Local control of corporate tax breaks rejected’

By: Sam Karlin – Staff Writer | The Advocate

Flanked by dozens of local mayors, school board members and sheriffs who gathered on the steps of the State Capitol on a blistering Tuesday afternoon, state Sen. Rogers Pope stepped to a podium and exhorted his colleagues to vote with the army of local elected officials supporting his bill to give them permanent control over Louisiana’s most generous corporate tax incentive.

“This is the people’s bill,” Pope, R-Livingston, said. “If we can’t get 26 votes on the Senate side … I’m disappointed in the state of Louisiana, quite frankly.”

His plaintive speech came after a string of local officials from both parties stumped for Senate Bill 151, which would enshrine in the state constitution the ability of locals to approve or reject industrial tax exemptions. That power was bestowed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, but it may vanish when he leaves office, as it’s never been made part of the Constitution. More than 300 officials, including Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and former legislators of both parties who are now parish presidents, signed an open letter in support of the effort. Continue reading here.

MAY 10, 2022 – 5:40 PM

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