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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.

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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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In reference to tax exemptions for private education, it’s everyone’s civic duty to fund public education whether you have a dozen children or none.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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