Bossier Chamber of Commerce 2019 Public Policy Survey
RequiredRequired Question(s)
As the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee works to set their policy priorities for 2019, we ask you, our members, to weigh in about state and national legislation that will affect you and your business. 
 
Required 1.
How important is structural reform of the state budget to you (For example, a repeal of non-discretionary dedications that limit spending reforms)?
Least Important Most Important  
 
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Required 2.
How important is structural reform of the sales tax code to you (For example, eliminating multiple taxing authorities and replacing with one central agency)?
Least Important Most Important  
 
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Required 3.
How important are competitive economic growth policies to attract business to the state (For example, economic incentives and tax credits for businesses to operate in Louisiana)? If you rate this area as a 7 or above, please provide the top two tax credits you believe are a priority to keep.
Least Important Most Important  
 
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4.
Do you think ITEP (the Industrial Tax Exemption Program) should be handled at the local level as it is now (i.e. School Boards, Sheriffs and Parish Governing Bodies) or at the state level?
Keep at the local level
Return to the state's jurisdiction
Other  
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Required 5.
How important is improving infrastructure, such as roads and bridges to you?
Least Important Most Important  
 
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6.

Do you support protecting the MFP for K-12 education?
(The Minimum Foundation Program is the formula that determines the cost to educate students at public elementary and secondary schools and defines state and local funding contributions to each district)

Yes
No
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7.

Do you support teacher pay raises, supported by state funds?

Yes
No
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8.

Do you support teacher pay raises, funded by the local school districts? 

Yes
No
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9.

Do you support upgrades to technology infrastructure in our local schools, funded through the school district?

Yes
No
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10.

Do you support TOPS as it is currently?

Yes
No
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11.

Do you support a restructure of TOPS?

Yes
No
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Required 12.
How important is health care in our area to you, including the LSU hospital system and teaching hospitals?
Least Important Most Important  
 
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13.

Do you support a repeal of the Cadillac Tax on the Affordable Care Act?

(Starting in 2018, employers were supposed to begin paying a 40 percent tax on costs of health plans that are above $10,200 per individual and $27,500 for family coverage.)

Yes
No
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Required 14.
In Northwest Louisiana, there are several key economic drivers and quality of life issues that require legislative vigilance, support and funding.
[On a scale of 1-7, rank these in order of importance to you.]

(1 = Least)
 
Improving roads, bridges, water and sewer.
Support for the LSU Shreveport Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine.
Support of TOPS and other education subsidies.
Economic incentives or removal of disincentives for companies to do business in NWLA.
Investment in our communities to create environments to attract and retain skilled workers.
Reform of the inventory tax.
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Required 15.
In terms of funding, how would you propose the state fund the issues you ranked in the previous question?
[Please add which issues you would be willing to pay more in taxes for in the comment box.]
I would support a new tax for economic/quality of life issues important to me.
I cannot support a new tax.
Cut spending in other areas to pay for issues that are important to economic development.
Remove statutory dedications to free up money and not limit what can be cut in the budget.
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Required 16.

Please rank the following NWLA Federal issues in order of their priority to you.


(1 = Least)
 
Support of Barksdale Air Force missions.
Regulatory relief, please provide specific examples that would help your business.
Immigration policies.
Fair Trade policies.
Increase in minimum wage legislation.
Reform Affordable Care Act.
I-69 corridor support.
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17.

Do you support federal immigration reform?

Yes
No
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18.

Do you support building a border wall?

Yes
No
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