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09/12 - Tax Break or Tax Broken: Louisiana’s Tax Exemptions

What is the return on investment of Louisiana’s tax credits?

Each year, Louisiana grants more than $4 billion in tax refunds, credits, incentives, exclusions, and deductions to corporations and individuals. Some entities receive tax rebates even if they don’t have a tax liability. So, what is the return on investment of Louisiana’s tax breaks? How can they be better tracked? And how do they affect state income estimates? As the 14-member Revenue Study Commission begins its review of the state’s 468 tax exemptions, Louisiana Public Square explores the issue on “Tax Break or Tax Broken: Louisiana’s Tax Exemptions” Wednesday, September 26th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

The most recent legislative session ended with the state’s $25.6 billion budget being balanced through the use of $272 million in one-time money. Governor Jindal said that without the one-time money, colleges and health care services would have faced devastating cuts. As it was, lawmakers took $57 million out of the Department of Health and Hospitals’ budget on top of $400 million DHH had already planned on slashing. Higher education received cuts of $25 million, some which will be offset by legislation allowing universities to raise tuition again.

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Revenue Study Commission – Includes meeting agendas with specific exemptions to be reviewed

Louisiana Budget Project – Nonprofit organization that monitors and reports on state government spending

Tax Revenue & Exemptions Overview – Document prepared by the La Department of Revenue

Tax Exemption Budget 2011-2012 – 409 page document prepared by La Dept. of Revenue

“Tax Exemptions 101” – Video presentation of the Louisiana Budget Project

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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