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It's Time to Get it Right, LA!


Students need smaller class sizes, updated text books, and accessible health services. Educators need updated teaching tools, safe classrooms, and better pay. True stories, right?

Well, here's a way to get the money needed to make this possible: Roll back on corporate tax breaks.

Just last year, school districts across Louisiana lost millions of dollars in revenue to a corporate tax break program that allows big businesses to skip out on paying their fair share of property taxes. Learn more about the program by checking out this quick explainer video....

It's no secret that LAE is focusing on raising awareness about the state's Industrial Tax Exemption Program. We're calling for a roll back on these types of tax breaks for multi-million dollar companies because we see this as a feasible solution for adequately funding local school budgets. 

In late April, LAE hosted a conversation with members across the state to talk about an issue that has been a hot topic for some time now: education funding. The purpose of the call was to gather feedback from members on how school funding impacts them and their students, and also, to determine the ways members would be willing to help articulate the dire need to prioritize school funding. Here are a few takeaways:

We presented actions for members to take to help raise awareness about the needs of our schools. The following reflects the percentages of members who said YES to taking the suggested actions:

The most important takeaway from the conversation was the need for members to help amplify these actions at the local level.

WHAT ACTIONS ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE TO HELP LAE FIGHT FOR ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING? LET US KNOW, HERE.

It’s time to get it right, and in order to do that, Louisiana must focus on making long-term investments in our schools. I hope you agree and are willing to help us amplify this sentiment.


ITEP IN THE NEWS

APRIL 9, 2018: Teachers union says industrial tax exemptions costing too much for East Baton Rouge schools

APRIL 4, 2018: Business tax credit would cost $94,000 in local revenue

MARCH 26, 2018: ITEP committee eyes compromise formula for controversial tax break

MARCH 19, 2018: Job creation becomes a point of debate on tax exemptions for manufacturers

MARCH 18, 2018: Promoting Fiscal Transparency — Up to a Point

MARCH 5, 2018: Caddo School Board Denies Industrial Tax Exemption

FEBRUARY 26, 2018: Caddo Parish Louisiana Loses Third of Property Taxes to Incentives

FEBRUARY 19, 2018: Tax Exemptions Force Working Poor to Pay for Business Tax Breaks

FEBURARY 18, 2018: In a First, Louisiana Sheriff Rejects Tax Break for Local Business - A Move That Has Business Leaders Concerned

FEBRUARY 11, 2018: Shreveport-Caddo Has New Power Over Tax Program Which Gave Away Over $680 Million

DECEMBER 17, 2017: No Strings Attached: Thanks to tax breaks, Cameron Parish government struggles amid industrial boom

DECEMBER 16, 2017: Louisiana's costliest incentive program allowed manufacturing companies to cut jobs while saving billions in taxes


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