BGR Examines Four Proposed Constitutional Amendments

• Bureau of Governmental Research


In this report, BGR reviews the four proposed changes in the Louisiana constitution that voters will decide on November 7, 2000. The amendments would: (1) authorize the state to establish a corporation to be the state’s principal economic development organization (Louisiana Inc.) and to exempt it from civil service; (2) change state individual income tax brackets, rates, and taxable income base; (3) prohibit state sales tax on food for home consumption, natural gas, electricity, and water; and (4) authorize local governments to lend,  pledge, or donate tax resources to others (including private entities) for industrial enterprises, which has implications for economic development in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany and other parishes.

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