2021 Constitutional Amendment Resources
As the voice of the regional business community, 1A advocates for public policies at the local, state, and federal levels, providing a unified voice on behalf of our stakeholders. Ahead of elections, 1A also provides the facts needed to make an informed decision on the ballot.
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
Early voting: October 30 – November 6
General election: November 13
2021 Statewide Elections
On November 13, citizens statewide will vote on proposed amendments to Louisiana’s Constitution. 1A advocates for state policies that directly contribute to realizing our vision of making Acadiana one of the most sought-after regions in the South for business and talent. With that vision in mind, 1A is supporting the four Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot.
Two of these amendments, No. 1 and No. 2 on the ballot, will greatly enhance Louisiana’s economic competitiveness through comprehensive tax reforms that simplify and streamline our state’s tax system for individuals and businesses alike.
November 13 Constitutional Amendments
Proposed Amendment No. 1
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state by the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission and to provide for the funding, duties, and responsibilities of the commission?”
Proposed Amendment No. 2
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to lower the maximum allowable rate of individual income tax and to authorize the legislature to provide by law for a deduction for federal income taxes paid?”
Proposed Amendment No. 3
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to allow levee districts created after January 1, 2006, and before November 13, 2021, whose electors approve the amendment to levy an annual tax not to exceed five mills for the purpose of constructing and maintaining levees, levee drainage, flood protection, and hurricane flood protection?”
Proposed Amendment No. 4
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to increase the amount of allowable deficit reductions to statutory dedications and constitutionally protected funds from five percent to ten percent?”
Director, Policy Initiatives & Governmental Affairs
1A Ballot Guides
Want to learn more about 1A’s positions on the statewide and Lafayette ballot initiatives? Check out our November 13 election guides below.
- Vote YES on 1 and 2 One-Pager
- 1A Positions on the 2021 Constitutional Amendments
- 1A Positions on the 2021 Lafayette Renewals and Rededication
Bayou to Beltway
1A was recently featured, along with the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), on an episode of KRVS’ Bayou to Beltway, hosted by Dr. Pearson Cross, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UL Lafayette. 1A joined CABL President & CEO, Barry Erwin, to provide a rundown of Amendments No. 1 and No. 2 and their impact on Louisiana’s economic competitiveness.
Listen here: Bayou to Beltway: August 18, 2021
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Small Businesses Support 1 & 2
Small businesses across Louisiana have been calling for tax reform for decades. Check out the links below to hear why small businesses are asking voters to support Constitutional Amendments 1 & 2 on Nov. 13.
- Video: Abform Workwear President & CEO on Support for Amendment No. 1
- Small Businesses Desperately Need A New System for Sales Tax Collection
- Small Businesses Need Solid New Tax Plan Before Voters Nov. 13
Louisiana’s business tax climate ranks among the worst in the nation. Not just because our tax rates are high, but because our tangled tax code is too complicated. That ties down our home-grown businesses and stifles new job opportunities. Learn more on the importance of voting YES on Amendments No. 1 and No. 2 at UntangleMyTaxes.org.
The Louisiana-based Pelican Institute for Public Policy has produced guides detailing how Amendment No. 2 simplifies the state’s tax system. View their materials below.
The independent, nonprofit Tax Foundation focuses on tax policy research and analysis nationwide – check out their breakdown of how Amendments No. 1 and No. 2 would benefit Louisiana.
Each year, the independent, nonpartisan Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) produces a guide outlining the pros and cons of the proposed Constitutional Amendments on the statewide ballot. Check out their 2021 guide below.
BALLOTS OVER BREAKFAST
1A’s seasonal Ballots Over Breakfast series featured an in-depth discussion on the Constitutional Amendments on the November 13 ballot, with emphasis on Amendments No. 1 and No. 2.
Regardless of how you vote, please do Geaux Vote. Early voting is October 30 – November 6, and Election Day is November 13.
- Click here to look up your polling location and a sample ballot
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