BGR Examines Four Proposed Constitutional Amendments

• Bureau of Governmental Research

Overview

In this report, BGR reviews the four proposed changes in the state 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.

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