Is State Board of Commerce & Industry defying governor’s executive order curbing runaway industrial tax exemptions?

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Louisiana Voice

Less than three months ago, on June 24, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order in which he mandated more scrutiny over how significant industrial property tax breaks are doled out to manufacturers. http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2016/06/john_bel_edwards_signs_executi.html

Theoretically, the order gave local governments that would lose out on property taxes a say in approving exemptions for heavy industry, and companies applying for five-year renewals of five-year tax breaks totaling $11 billion would be required to prove the breaks would create and/or retain jobs.

But the Commerce and Industry Board may be trying an end run around Edwards’ order.

The board waited until late Friday afternoon (one of Bobby Jindal’s favorite tactics of making announcements as the week’s news cycle winds down) to give public notice of a Monday board meeting during which it is scheduled to vote on redirecting millions in local property tax revenue from disaster-affected parishes to corporate tax exemptions, without any…

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About the Blogger in Terrebonne Parish and the Sheriff

The Louisiana VoiceBlog in Terrebonne Parish makes officials nervous; sheriff conducts raid based on law ruled unconstitutional in 1981

” . . . The blogger, after all, had said some really bad things about Larpenter and Parish President (and former State Rep.) Gordon Dove and Dove’s business partner Tony Alford, who landed a huge benefits package brokerage contract for Larpenter’s office, and their jointly-owned trucking firm, and Dove’s former legislative assistant Debbie Ortego who was given a $79,000-a-year job as Dove’s new officer manager, and Debbie’s husband Dana who is Dove’s Risk Manager, and Dana’s nephew Parish Attorney Joe Waitz, III, District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr.’s son, and Sheriff Larpenter’s wife Priscilla who has a six-figure job as manager of Tony Alford’s office, and Jackie Dove who is married to Assistant District Attorney Sye Broussard. There were a few other names in the organizational flow chart compiled by the publisher of the Internet blog http://exposedat.in/wp/ . . . “

The Intercept has all the radioactive waste part of the story . . .

radOR95“One Expose-DAT blog post titled “Gordon Dove and Tony Alford’s Radioactive Waste Dumping,” briefly describes the relationship between Alford and the parish’s president, who jointly own a Montana trucking company that has been cited for dumping radioactive wastecry in Montana. That citation was originally reported in the Missoula, Mont., newspaper The Missoulian.”

Reminder, Louisiana – this applies to you!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Feds Spy on Anti-Frack Groups + NEWS

The InterceptFederal Agents Went Undercover To Spy on Anti-Fracking Movement, Emails Reveal

” . . . The emails further show that police monitored Keep it in the Ground participating groups such as 350.org, Break Free Movement, Rainforest Action Network, and WildEarth Guardians, while relying upon intelligence gathered by Anadarko, one of the largest oil and gas producers in the region.

” . . . In 2011, an executive with Anadarko boasted that his company was deploying military-like psychological warfare techniques to deal with the “controversy that we as an industry are dealing with,” calling the opposition to the industry “an insurgency.”

Earlier we had reports here of giant cracks and craters in the earth, not in Louisiana. Here’s another one –
Strange Sounds Ground collapses in wheat field in Russia creating enormous crater in the Earth

Danger of Living Near Fracking Sites

Sputnik News – Danger of Living Near Fracking Sites: High Toxic Levels Found in Humans

“A new study has confirmed that people who live or work near fracking sites may be contaminated with an alarming amount of toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The study was conducted in Pavillion, Wyoming, using air-monitoring methods and biomonitoring techniques.”

huh.
We don’t remember any “biomonitoring” at Bayou Corne for residents or the workers.

News

Instead of DEQ fines, plant sees tax breaks after explosion
by Claire Taylor

Multi-Chem, a Halliburton-owned business that blends chemicals for oilfield production, including fracking, paid no state environmental fines when its New Iberia plant exploded in 2011.

Instead, the company received an expedited environmental permit frowny2to build a new plant in Vermilion Parish without public notice or a public hearing and was granted $1.8 million in state property tax exemptions over a 10-year period to build the new plant.

Now the company wants a permit to discharge water from its Vermilion Parish facility into area waterways and some residents aren’t happy.
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http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/money/business/2014/07/25/multi-chem-environmental-fines-plant-blast-lenient-taxes-new-plant/13185065/

Louisiana Industrial Tax Exemption Study [PDF]