Amendments 2 & 3 on the November 18th ballot

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Amendment 2 on the November 18th ballot would allow money allotted to inactive special funds to be transferred into the state’s general budget. President of the Public Affairs Research Council Steven Procopio said the amendment focuses on six inactive funds…

“This is an attempt to clean up the constitution there’s too much that’s in there, so the proponents would say this is at least some step forward in trying to clean up the constitution,” said Procopio.

State Treasurer John Schroder supports Amendment 2 and said it will help simplify the State Constitution.

Those special funds include the Atchafalaya Basin Conservation Fund, Higher Education Louisiana Partnership Fund, Millennium Leverage Fund, Agricultural and Seafood Products Support Fund, First Use Tax Fund, and the Louisiana Investment Fund for Enhancement.

Passage of Amendment 3 would allow local governing authorities the ability to provide an ad valorem tax exemption for qualified first responders. Similar to a homestead exemption, first responders could receive an additional exemption.

“They would get up to $25,000. This is not mandatory, doesn’t say they have to get it, but it just gives the locals the ability to give up to $25,000,” said Procopio.

Procopio said proponents believe the tax exemption for qualified first responders, for example, police and firefighters, would be a recruiting and retention incentive…

“And on the minus side though, probably the easiest to do this is to actually salary increase,” said Procopio.

Early voting ends Saturday and due to the state holiday, early voting will not be available on Friday.

For PAR’s guide to the constitutional amendments click here. 

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