Anti-Corruption

Economic Development, ITEP, Caddo Parish, Industrial Tax Exemptions

NCLI Leads First Local Rejection of Industrial Tax Break in Louisiana

Sunday, February 18, 2018
The Advocate

Fighting a four-front battle to better invest local public funds, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith (NCLI) leaders recently persuaded the Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator to become the first local official in state history to use the newly-granted local authority to reject an industrial tax exemption request.

This month, three more local entities – Caddo Parish, the City of Shreveport, and the Caddo Parish School Board – will vote on multi-million dollar tax exemption requests, one application at a time.

NCLISC

ITEP, business, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Economic Development

Power of Together Baton Rouge Recognized by Business Journal

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

With the ITEP issue, TBR—and the statewide network it has since helped grow, Together Louisiana—catapulted itself into a whole new realm, where big money, big business and politics converge.

Though the group continued to portray itself as a local organization intent on helping the community, it had picked a fight with the most powerful interests in the state. Those who had considered TBR little more than an annoyance suddenly realized it was a force with which to be reckoned. The gloves came off...

Together Baton Rouge

Anti-Corruption
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 17:00

Together LA Blocks Tax Exemptions, Wins Sunshine Provision

Eight months after their victory in reforming the state Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP), leaders of Together Louisiana noticed that industrial tax exemptions spiked 441% in its last year (2016), with the majority of tax exem


Anti-Corruption
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 18:15

Together Louisiana Defends Constitution, Defeats Tax Giveaway Scheme

When petrochemical companies operating in rural Louisiana attempted to directly negotiate an industrial tax discount with the local parish (county), the effort ran up against the Louisiana Constitution. The local tax assessor sued and the state courts ruled that the agreement violated the Constitution. Developers then crafted House Bill 444, a constitutional amendment that would legalize direct negotiations with local governments.


Together Louisiana, Tax Reform, corporate tax exemption

Together Louisiana, State Assessors Team Up to Defeat Tax Giveaway

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Weekly Citizen

At a Senate committee hearing last week, Together Louisiana and the state’s assessors teamed up to deal an unlikely defeat to a proposed constitutional amendment backed by one of the most well-funded lobbying drives of the current legislative session.

West / Southwest IAF

Rev. Brawley, Rabbi Mosbacher, Rev. O'Connor, Bishop Miles, Trump

Oped: Trump, Sessions and Nehemiah -- A Fateful Choice for the Next AG

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
New York Daily News

A s faith leaders, we have long studied the biblical story of the person who returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls of his beloved city. Nehemiah was both a visionary and a realist. He knew he needed a trowel to reconstruct the walls of the city.

Metro IAF

Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in San Antonio, #NoGagOrdinance, Lobbying, Jorge Montiel

COPS / Metro Leaders Protest City Gag Rule Against NonProfits

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
San Antonio Express News

COPS / Metro Alliance leaders demonstrated the implications of a new City rule by gagging one of their own leaders on the steps of City Hall.  Rosa Araujo-Iracheta of St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church detailed what the new rules would entail, exclaiming “For some agencies, this blackout period has been in effect since March…That’s over five months of being shut out!”

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Housing, Anti-Corruption

Promises to keep: Daily News-Metro IAF housing forum puts mayoral candidates on the record

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
New York Daily News

Exactly what would any of the candidates who are running for mayor do upon election in November? No doubt, you have little or no idea. That’s why the Daily News and Metro IAF, a citizens organization, are sponsoring issue-oriented mayoral forums. We held the first Thursday night in front of an audience of roughly 1,000 New Yorkers at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

EBC