The Louisiana Federation of Teachers urges its members to consider these candidates and issues to be decided on November 8.
Candidates and issues supported by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers
LFT recommends former teacher, legislator and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell Campbell, who taught in Plain Dealing Louisiana, authored legislation to create the Louisiana Educational Excellence Fund using proceeds from a law suit settlement, an endowment that today contains more than $1 billion to finance public K-12 education across Louisiana. Campbell modeled that fund off of one he started in Bossier Parish which now has more than $45 million. He will be public education’s best friend in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. House of Representatives:
In District 2, which covers the City of New Orleans and stretches up the Mississippi River to include part of North Baton Rouge, LFT recommends the incumbent, Representative Cedric Richmond, a Democrat. Congressman Richmond has been a steady and reliable friend of public education through 11 years in the Louisiana Legislature and since his first election to Congress in 2010. As a member of the Homeland Security committee, he is an important voice for coastal Louisiana through oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Authority.
In District 3, which encompasses Southwest Louisiana from Lake Charles through Lafayette, LFT recommends former State Representative Brett Geymann, a Republican. As a State Representative, Brett Geymann was a strong voice for parents who felt left out of the education reforms that swept our state over the past eight years. His support for local control of our schools was important for educators, parents and taxpayers. His views on responsible budgeting were in sharp contrast with the smoke and mirror budgets of the Jindal administration.
In District 4, which covers Northwest Louisiana and the western part of Central Louisiana, LFT recommends Democrat Marshall Jones, a Shreveport attorney, businessman, oil and gas operator, farmer and volunteer. Marshall Jones has deep roots in his community. He’s ready to make a difference in Washington. His history of working to improve the lives of the people of Northwest Louisiana proves that. Marshall Jones fought for the rights of special needs students in Caddo Parish, and he’s worked alongside teachers, health care workers, farmers, veterans and family -owned businesses.
Constitutional Amendment #3:
LFT recommends support for Constitutional Amendment #3, an important part of the state legislature’s effort to fix the budget. The amendment would change Louisiana’s constitution to eliminate the deductibility of federal income taxes paid in computing a corporation’s Louisiana’s corporate income tax.
The amendment is part of a larger agreement that will level our corporate tax structure. It will give the business community the flat tax rate they want, and eliminate a tax loophole that has been costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars.
The flattened tax rate would increase state general fund revenues by about $30 million a year, according to projections from legislative fiscal office. Eliminating the deductibility of federal income taxes would add another $190 million in Fiscal Year 2017-18 and $200 million in FY 2018-19.
October 25- November 1
Monday-Saturday from 8:30 AM- 6:00 PM
Please bring a photo ID.
Registrar of Voters
525 Marshall, Suite 103
Shreveport, LA 71101
Bossier Parish Courthouse
204 Burt Blvd., 2nd floor
Benton, LA 71006
Red River Parish Courthouse
615 E. Carroll St., Room 104
Coushatta, LA 71019