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UPDATE 2/10/19. We have begun discussions with business, community, and political leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish. We must bring clarity and dependability to the ITEP process in short order to develop our economy. 

While our lawmakers continue to show up to a microphone or with a press release to grab a headline, we continue to be mired in the same old destructive habits. The recent drama surrounding the rejection of an Industrial Tax Exemption request in Baton Rouge by the Exxon Mobil Refinery reveals so much about what holds us back. Let's be clear. When John Bel Edwards granted local governing bodies control of ITEP he placed us in the same position as Texas, the model many say we should follow economically.

In Texas ITEP is and has always been controlled by local government.

Frankly, it's the only thing that makes sense. Business developments bring new revenue but also new demands on infrastructure and schools that must be addressed in the communities they reside in. Communities must make clear and objective evaluations: How many new temporary or permanent jobs are actually created? Is this really expansion or maintenance? Will new capital expenditures actually reduce the permanent workforce? What additional other tax revenue will be generated if the exemption is granted? There were some reasonable positions to be debated in regard to the latest request. In fact, a local contractor who was one of the most conservative Republican members of the East Baton Rouge Council penned an article opposing this recent request on a conservative website.

If Texas also has local control, why are we losing to them. Because we are not doing our job as a community. Instead of an objective analysis of whether the recent request made sense we had posturing in regard to whether we were "pro business" or "pro school funding". Our citizens and frankly many of the officials who decided on the exemptions never received unbiased analysis to inform their opinion. After the school board rejected the recent exemption request, officials held a "pep rally" to say they like Exxon that did not even mention the exemption process. An advertisement also appeared supporting Exxon from the business community. What we still have not had is analysis, discussion, or suggestion of a process to bring clarity to the ITEP process in Baton Rouge. Two of our state house delegation immediately proposed returning to state control over our future, going back to failures of the past. As is so often is the case, we are right back where we started. It's clear that folks who can objectively put Baton Rouge first are going to have to engage to establish a productive, objective, and orderly process for ITEP. I look forward to meeting with such folks soon to get that done for Baton Rouge.

Richard Lipsey

Put Louisiana First

 

 


 

 

 

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Friday, February 8, 2019 1:17 AM

The Truth, So Help Us God. Thanks To Louisiana's Mike Johnson

Upon becoming the majority, Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee proposed a draft rule omitting “So help me God” from the oath given to witnesses.
Republicans objected. Louisiana's Mike Johnson, chairman of the 140 member Republican Study Committee, made a speech on the House floor the week prior, and the language was restored immediately in Natural Resources. Click link for more.



Monday, February 4, 2019 10:48 AM

ITEP Process Exposes The Cycle of Failure We Must End In Baton Rouge

While our lawmakers continue to show up to a microphone or with a press release to grab a headline, we continue to be mired in the same old destructive habits. The recent drama of the rejection of an Industrial Tax Exemption request in Baton Rouge by the Exxon Mobil refinery reveals so much about what holds us back. Let's be clear. When John Bel Edwards granted local governing bodies control of ITEP, he placed us in the same position of Texas, the model many say we should follow economically.

In Texas ITEP is and has always been controlled by local government. Click the link for more.


Sunday, January 27, 2019 2:28 PM

I Prayed For John Bel Edwards And Donald Trump Today

 

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"As I joined the Pro-Life Family of Faith in worship this Sunday I prayed for John Bel Edwards and Donald Trump as instructed by St. Paul in 1 Timothy 2." Click the link for more...


Friday, January 25, 2019 6:32 PM

Franklin Foil Selects St George Leader To Manage Campaign

St George Leader Lionel Rainey

 

Senate Candidate Franklin Foil

 

Franklin Foil has selected St George effort leader Lionel Rainey to manage his campaign for Baton Rouge based Senate District 16.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019 3:13 PM

As We Honor Martin Luther King Jr. We Thank Todd Graves For An Opportunity To Consider True Leadership

"It’s important that the next generation really understands how the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world. Many of us did not get a chance to hear MLK during his lifetime, so I am hoping they will be able to appreciate him and his work through this tribute to honor his life.” Todd Graves Raising Cane's Founder and CEO

As we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday we must consider the power of true leadership and what it can mean for our community and America. As we face the challenges of today we must remember the challenges of Dr. King's day were no less challenging. We have not reached his mountain top where all Americans would be judged only by the content of their character, but his leadership led us through challenging days to better ones. If we are to move forward today we must find and support leaders that will Put Louisiana First and Put America First. That's why I'm thanking LSU Grad, Raising Canes CEO Todd Graves for personally making an important exhibit available first in Louisiana that all America needs to see. Click Link For Details

Richard Lipsey

Put Louisiana First



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