2019 Endorsements and Recommendations
John Bel Edwards
Secretary of State
Commissioner of Agriculture
State Rep District 74
State Rep District 75
State Rep District 77
State Rep District 89
Judge Division F
Karen S. Kovach
Council Member District 12
Belinda Parker Brown
District 9 Council
Recommended: Parish President - Mike Cooper
Recommended: Sheriff - Tim Lentz
Recommended: Supreme Court - Richard Ducote
Recommended: BESE Dist. 1 - Lee Barrios
Recommended: Parish Council Dist. 5 - Terry Stevens
Amendment 1: Oil and gas property tax break. AGAINST
What it does: This amendment would create a constitutional property tax exemption for drilling equipment and other materials that are being stored in Louisiana for maintenance but are eventually destined for the Outer Continental Self (OSC).
Amendment 2: Tweaking the tobacco settlement. FOR
What it does: A portion of the money from Louisiana 1999 settlement with tobacco companies flows into the Education Excellence Fund, and gets distributed among different educational programs. The amendment would direct $75,000 from the fund each year to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA) and another $75,000 to Thrive Academy, a boarding school in the Baton Rouge area for children with special needs.
Amendment 3: Board of Tax Appeals jurisdiction. AGAINST
What it does: When a taxpayer believes they have been wrongly taxed by the state or local tax collector, they have the right to appeal to the state Board of Tax Appeals or to their local district court. But when a tax dispute involves the state constitution, the appeal must be heard in district court. This amendment would allow the Board of Tax Appeals to determine if a tax is unconstitutional. Taxpayers would still have the option of taking their case to a district court.
Amendment 4: New Orleans affordable housing tax exemption. FOR
What it does: This amendment aims to encourage affordable housing in New Orleans by allowing the city to exempt certain properties from taxes. The amendment does not apply to short-term (30 days or less) rental properties, and does not cover affordable housing developments with more than 15 units.
For more detailed analysis please go to LA Budget Guide to the 2019 Constitutional Amendments