Jeffrey D. Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University Shreveport. If you're an elected official, political operative or anyone else upset at his views, don't go bothering LSUS or LSU System officials about that because these are his own views solely.
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That Gov. John Bel Edwards
endorsed sham “tax reform” in his recent special
session call becomes all the more apparent when another example surfaced of
Louisiana’s subpar fiscal policy.
In the days prior to the session’s launch next
week, the state announced Gameloft
would close its New Orleans office, reneging on a deal to bring more jobs
to the state. This meant it gave away nearly a million dollars over the past
seven years to the gaming firm under the Digital Interactive Media and Software
Tax Credit, or almost $25,000 per job created. The total amount actually comes close
to $2 million, but the state plans on clawing back over half.
Given its relatively high corporate tax rate, long
ago the state adopted a strategy of attracting industry by offsetting this with
breaks like these. In fiscal
year 2016, these reduced corporate income tax liabilities of around $307
million, compared to total potential corporate income tax liabilities of almost
$1.55 billion and actual payments of $145 million. The credit in question
handed out around $9 million in that year.
With the state kicking around ideas on how to
accomplish this, the devil is in the details. Since federal law doesn’t let the
federal government place such a stricture, states
must come up with their own regulations consistent with the law’s demand
that these improve the health and well-being of participants.
Thus, whatever states come up with, they must show
that work conveys physical or mental health benefits, which likely would
manifest only among those healthy enough to work and who do not have to care
for an infant or one in the offing, and that potential loss of Medicaid because
of inability to meet the requirement does not cause the reverse of the law’s
Once again, Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis
has introduced a sensible bill to put into effect a realistic recall provision
in the Louisiana Constitution. Once again, lawmakers, particularly in the
Senate, will fight to prevent that from happening.
HB 54 by
Hollis would leave unchanged the present 40 percent standard of registered
voters for jurisdictions with fewer than 1,000 to trigger a recall election.
The remainder of his bill, which tracks his effort HB 272
from last year, would keep 33 and a third percent – the current standard for
all populations 1,000 and above – for the 1,000 to 24,999 range, drop it to 25
percent for 25,000 to 99,999, and lower it to 20 percent for 100,000 and above.
Hollis points to the inability to recall past
corrupt officials, particularly one in his neck of the woods, as a reason to
reduce the numbers in this fashion. Only three
recalls in state history (when permitted under a Constitution) have
succeeded in gaining ballot placement in jurisdictions over 10,000. Further, no
state even approaches Louisiana in terms of the large number of signatures
needed; most have far lower standards (although 22 states don’t have such a