Income tax

North La. leaders praise investment in schools, suggest ending state income tax

RUSTON, La. (KNOE) – Lawmakers gathered in Ruston on July 27 to discuss funds Lincoln Parish received during the last legislative session.

“We have over $80 million in capital expenditures that have been approved for Lincoln Parish and Ruston combined,” Sen. Jay Morris (R-35) explained.

Some of the highlights include a new civil law building at Grambling State University and funding for a dormitory at Louisiana Tech.

“GTM at Tech is being overhauled,” rep Chris Turner (R-12) explained. “We needed this. Part of the basement and rooms, you can’t even use them. It is an investment of 35 million dollars. Another exciting thing is forestry. We are building a new agricultural and forestry building.

Rep. Patrick Jefferson (D-11) said one of his priorities is to understand Louisiana’s teacher shortage. That’s why he drafted a resolution encouraging lawmakers to work as substitute teachers.

“Once you’re able to see firsthand the needs of our students, I think that will help us, because we’re giving those solutions,” Jefferson said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Stewart Cathey (R-33) said that for Louisiana to become more business-friendly, lawmakers could work next session on eliminating the state income tax.

“When you look at the states around us, Mississippi is getting rid of its income tax,” Cathey explained. “Texas doesn’t have a state income tax. Arkansas is working away from theirs. If we want to make Louisiana competitive, that’s one thing we have to do.

Legislators have recognized that income tax revenues should be replaced by other funds.

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