WEEKLY: Constitutional Convention Poll & CABL

The LaPolitics office at the Capitol received an unidentified robo poll that focused largely on the need to hold a constitutional convention in the near future. There were also approve-disapprove queries for President Donald Trump and Gov. John Bel Edwards, as well as right track-wrong track questions.

The poll asked what issues a future constitutional convention should address. Topics included frivolous lawsuits, economic development, education and making sure “big business” and “the wealthy” pay their fair share of taxes. (The latter seemed to be a recurring theme, albeit minimally, in the poll.)

In other news, the Council For A Better Louisiana has come out in support of calling a limited convention that would focus only on Article VI, Parts II and III (local government finance, levee districts and regional flood protection authorities); Article VII (state revenues and finances); and portions of Article VIII (higher education and K-12 funding).

Furthermore, it supports electing delegates and has identified three policy goals a convention should achieve:

1.) “Comprehensive fiscal reform that modernizes our fiscal policies and makes Louisiana more competitive with our neighboring states.”

2.) “Policies that lessen the dependence of local government on the state and in turn give local authorities more autonomy to take care of their own local and regional needs.”

3.) “Removal of provisions which limit the Legislature’s flexibility to deal with the normal processes of governing and with that a general clean-up of items that should more appropriately be placed in statutes.”

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