Last Call for Leadership Academy!
LFF Commentary | May 2018

LFF's 2018 Leadership Academy is not only for those who feel called to the political arena! A biblical worldview is a foundation that you will build upon in every area of life. Graduates of past academies have gone on to have a powerful impact in America; completing law school, leading executive agencies and other state policy organizations, Congress, the media, and even as presidents and owners of corporations.

Any high school student or college freshman/sophomore will be equipped with this quality program and also build relationships with tomorrow’s leaders. Join the team that is changing our state and our country!

2018 Academy Special Guest Speakers

 

Capitol Update
LFF Commentary | May 2018

Tax bill advances — Family tax policy threatened.

The Louisiana Legislature entered Week-2 of the Special Session. The Regular Session concluded early to begin deliberations on the state budget and revenue-raising measures. This session must end on June 4th.

Governor Edwards vetoed the state budget bill that passed during the Regular Session. Attempts to override that veto have been unsuccessful.  The House Ways and Means Committee will begin discussion of a new budget bill Wednesday morning. Legislators are still debating how to address differences in projected revenue and proposed expenses. The 1-cent “temporary” sales tax which passed in 2016 expires this year. On Friday of last week, the House voted down a new 1/3 cent sales tax (HB27) however, on Monday of this week, the House came back and approved this new sales tax (see how they voted) and sent it to the Senate. Keep in mind, taxes may increase in Senate committee.

Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) is watching several key issues. SB11 by Sen. J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans) caps and sunsets a package of tax rebates and credits. Included in this package are Student Tuition Organizations rebates and credits.  SB11 sunsets this popular program which grants state income tax credit for donations made to non-profit Student Tuition organizations like Arete Scholars Fund - which scholarships low-income students seeking to escape poorly performing public schools. Amendments proposed in the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee may remove the cap on these tax credits but still sunset (end) this program in 2025. Any suggestion that this tax saving (potential life saving) program might come to an end would have a deleterious effect on fundraising efforts for this non-profit program.

Stay informed my friend – very bad stuff can sneak out at any time. Team LFF will keep you informed, relevant, and speaking directly to the decision maker.

 

Mutually Assured Destruction?
Jeremy Alford – BR Business Report | May 2018

Though the course can still be corrected over the next few days – and the Capitol is certainly capable of producing last-minute Christmas morning miracles – Jeremy Alford says the latest policymaking experiment in Baton Rouge already looks like "The Special Session That Didn’t Happen."

"Anyone who is viewing this special session through politically-honest lenses knows the Legislature hasn’t yet reached a sense of urgency about not having a state budget in place," Alford writes in his column. "In fact, as of Monday morning, a budget hadn’t even been introduced for the special session." 

Alford says there’s a real chance that those on both sides of the argument – Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration and the conservative-dominated Legislature – could end up in their own case of mutually assured destruction.

 

FIRST STEP Act
Prison Fellowship | May 2018

Prison Fellowship, the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform applauded the strong, bipartisan passage of the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 360 to 59.

The FIRST STEP Act would improve the likelihood that men and women in federal prison will leave better prepared to become productive citizens. Through individualized risk assessments and expansion of recidivism-reducing programs for all federal prisoners, community safety will be protected.

Click here to watch a short video of why Christians should care about criminal justice reform!

 

This is the last call to get your young leader registered and their spot secured! Click the image now!

 

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." —G.K. Chesterton

 

Will we have a 3rd special session this year?

  • No! June 4th is the final sine die.
  • Yes! I think it's going to take a 3rd special session to iron out our state's budget issues!
  • We've already made history - why stop now?
 

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