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07/17 - Industrial Tax Matters

What has been the impact of the changes made to the tax exemption plan?

Until recently, large industrial businesses that relocate or expand in Louisiana were eligible for a five-year waiver of their local property taxes with a nearly automatic five-year renewal. Proponents of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) say it stimulates investment in the state and creates jobs. Critics of the program say that the tax exemption reduces resources for local taxing entities and services.

While the ITEP was championed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced modifications to the program in 2016. What has been the impact of the changes made to the tax exemption plan? How effective is the ITEP in growing jobs? What has the program’s cost been to local communities? Louisiana Public Square explores these questions and more on “Industrial Tax Matters.“

Our panelists are:
- Wendy Aguillard, Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor
- Broderick Bagert, Together Baton Rouge
- Greg Bowser, La. Chemical Association
- Sec. Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development

Barry Erwin, President of Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and member of the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget & Tax Policy, will moderate the discussion.

The comments and opinions expressed in this program are those of the individuals and do not represent those of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

This program is funded in part by Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Stephanie Cargille,Public & Government Affairs Manager with ExxonMobil Baton Rouge,  contacted “Louisiana Public Square” regarding some inaccuracies mentioned during this month’s episode by the panelists. The following information is from her email:

“ExxonMobil been here since 1909 - Sec Pierson says 1910

Broderick mentions our Refinery site headcounts in 2000 and now. Here are the correct amounts:
1309 (2000) - 1283 (2017) - This amount includes natural attrition like retirement. There is also a current hiring class of 45 individuals underway for our Complex.”

We appreciate the clarification for our viewers.

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Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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