Board Meeting Comments

Meeting 20210218

Meeting 20210218

I5: Request for Proposal (RFP)-Reapportionmen
Anne Marie Blank
02/18 05:20pm
Agency/Org: PSNBR
Authorized to speak by Agency/Organization
Please ensure that the RFP considers non-partisan companies. Specifically, companies that are not owned or operated by state elected officials or their immediate family members. Please ensure that we hire a company that has a history of creating equitable redistricting plans with universally reputable maps. There needs to be a set of criteria for whomever makes the redistricting plan, ideally criteria that includes public input. Please involve the community in the creating a set of criteria, and then hold public info sessions to keep everyone up to date on the redistricting!

J1: ITEP Application-Exxon Mobil
Anne Marie Blank
02/18 05:57pm
Agency/Org: PSN
Authorized to speak by Agency/Organization
This application should not be approved. It will only offer 20 full-time positions to INTERNS from ExxonMobil's own wage intern program. It will not bring permanent jobs to our city. According the application, this project will modernize production of domestic crude oil. Please don't vote to incentivize oil companies on the backs of our children. Our school system needs every penny of the estimated $27 million tax credit that Exxon is expecting here. Our children need that money more than any multi-billion dollar oil company.
Anne Patton
02/18 06:02pm
Agency/Org: parent of EBR student
This application should not be approved. It will only offer 20 full-time positions to INTERNS from ExxonMobil's own wage intern program. It will not bring permanent jobs to our city. According the application, this project will modernize production of domestic crude oil. Please don't vote to incentivize oil companies. Further funds shouldn't be diverted from transition to sustainable energy, and not on the backs of our children's education. Our school system needs every penny of the estimated $27 million tax credit that Exxon is expecting here. Our children need that money more than any multi-billion dollar oil company.
Clare Murrell
02/18 06:19pm
Agency/Org:
Louisiana gives more in corporate subsidies per capita than any other state: About 80% of this is the industrial tax exemption program (ITEP) Exxon is trying to take advantage of today. Louisiana's corporate subsidies per capita are 10 times the national average, and these subsidies leech investment from local public services, including schools. The argument is that giving Exxon a tax break will take business away from Texas refineries, but Texas only subsidizes 9% of Exxon property taxes, while Louisiana subsidizes 67%. In result, Louisiana loses $21M in property taxes every year. - Louisiana native Source: Together Louisiana
Walter Griffin
02/18 06:41pm
Agency/Org: Step Up Louisiana
ExxonMobil can afford to take a loss, our children can't. The schools in the area need more teachers and access to better learning equipment. There's a lack of nurses and guidance counselors already and this ITEP will further put the school system in a deficit. There is no level playing field when it comes to the future of the society. The businesses in the community don't see the benefits of have a huge job opened up either. The way the community businesses will see a direct benefit is if they recieve a direct line of revenue given to them to expand their business. Most of the workers they will bring in don't even stay in the area or even EBR Parish. Take it from a construction worker who's done this for 10 years. Do not take money from the School Board System. Take it from Casinos who guarantee a profit. Our children's education should not be gambled.
Maria Harmon
02/18 06:44pm
Agency/Org: Step Up Louisiana
I do have concerns that no new direct jobs or no new contract jobs are proposed in Exxon’s application. Also, a direction toward Green STEM technology would be good. There needs to be a partnership in public high schools in the area to implement a Green STEM curriculum. And honestly, these type of projects should be happening with our without a tax exemption. I think the project should go forward but I also feel Exxon should pay their taxes. Exxon investing in its community is necessary and should be done in conjunction of them paying their taxes. They shouldn’t be exempt!
Tania Nyman
02/18 06:55pm
Agency/Org:
The comments I submitted in response to Exxon's ITEP applications in 2019 still apply: No other state subjects its public schools to their Industrial Tax Exemption Programs like Louisiana does. Most exempt them entirely. Advocates for business and industry claim ITEP is necessary to provide “incentives” for projects, promote job creation, and spur the economy. However, the numbers suggest Industrial Tax Exemption Programs pit participating states against one another and force targeted communities in a race to the bottom. This is what happens when a community allows corporations to minimize expenditures in order to maximize profits not within reason, but at any cost. Given the latitude, corporations will put profit over people, profit over clean air, profit over clean water, profit over children living in poverty, profit over basic human decency. This agenda is immoral. But that doesn’t stop corporations like Exxon. It's up to you, our elected representatives, to prevent this injustice