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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    What's in the water over in Monroe? These folks are nuts.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by TYLERTECHSAS View Post
    What's in the water over in Monroe? These folks are nuts.
    Yea it seems like it is in the DNA of the institution at this point: faculty and alumni.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    How this went down is their student body said NO to their athletic enhancement fee. ULM went to plan B. Being sneaky, they repackage this as economic development tax to get athletes money for facility upgrade by local tax payers.
    There are quite a few buying the economic development argument right now. They take the economic development bait and miss that it really is a university advancement tax with no direct economic development attached to it. It is all indirect if at all (good school equals Monroe is more attractive to businesses). ULM supporters are all in on the economic development argument, and why shouldn't they be - they are already giving why not force others to give too? That is a helluva deal

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    A vo-tech or community college providing degree and certification programs targeted to local workforce deficiencies would make a much stronger argument for an economic development property tax.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    A vo-tech or community college providing degree and certification programs targeted to local workforce deficiencies would make a much stronger argument for an economic development property tax.
    Thought Ouachita already had a few of those.

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    If this passes, I will move over to Squire and send my kids to Cedar Creek.

    I might challenge the proposal and results as well. Will most likely go after the police jury for civil money penalties for allowing this to make it to the ballot.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    A vo-tech or community college providing degree and certification programs targeted to local workforce deficiencies would make a much stronger argument for an economic development property tax.
    Absolutely. This is a total city community college move. Everything about this is a wrongheaded.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by TYLERTECHSAS View Post
    What's in the water over in Monroe? These folks are nuts.
    Desperation.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    A vo-tech or community college providing degree and certification programs targeted to local workforce deficiencies would make a much stronger argument for an economic development property tax.
    ....isn't that what we're talking about here with ULM?

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    ULM has some boosters that are truly great people - they are so damn misguided at times.

    ULM’s pharmacy department needs a major shot in the arm to regain its national perception. It is sinking - quickly.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by faninmonroe View Post
    ULM has some boosters that are truly great people - they are so damn misguided at times.

    ULM’s pharmacy department needs a major shot in the arm to regain its national perception. It is sinking - quickly.
    Did I see where the physical structures at NLU are sinking as well?

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    I cant see this passing. SURELY people in Ouachita Parish are tired of paying outrageous taxes. Since I have to pay two different property taxes here, shouldn't I be able to vote twice?

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    How this went down is their student body said NO to their athletic enhancement fee. ULM went to plan B. Being sneaky, they repackage this as economic development tax to get athletes money for facility upgrade by local tax payers.
    This tax is about one thing and one thing only and that's to increase the athletic department budget at ULM. Yes, they'll take a few dollars here and there and fund a scholarship or two. They'll throw some dollars at Brown Theater at some point. But this is all about the athletic department.

    They know what's been rumored for several years now and that's the fact a faction of presidents within the Sun Belt wants a minimum budget standard. I suspect it's at a level ULM can't meet.

    That's what the student fee was about and that's what this tax is about, plain and simple.

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Quote Originally Posted by touchdown123 View Post
    There are quite a few buying the economic development argument right now. They take the economic development bait and miss that it really is a university advancement tax with no direct economic development attached to it. It is all indirect if at all (good school equals Monroe is more attractive to businesses). ULM supporters are all in on the economic development argument, and why shouldn't they be - they are already giving why not force others to give too? That is a helluva deal
    This. Not my circus, not my monkey, but I can't help but try to think about Tech proposing something like this for Lincoln Parish. I would be opposed to it for Lincoln, too. Property taxes are a crappy way to fund anything. Folks who don't own any taxable property get the pleasure of voting an increase on others, which really sucks when you think about it. Then, as most "property" is owned by businesses and corporations, it hits them the hardest, but trickles down to everyone in higher prices for goods and services. Property taxes actually have the OPPOSITE effect of "economic development".

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    Re: Ouachita folks, you ready for a ULM tax????

    Just a quick question, what are the consequences for NLULM if this doesn't pass?

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