Who’s behind those fliers trying to defeat the upcoming Baton Rouge school tax renewal?
Some voters in East Baton Rouge Parish have begun receiving fliers in their mailbox urging them to vote against three separate ballot proposals later this month that, together, would renew a one-cent sales tax to fund East Baton Rouge Schools.
Urging voters to “Vote No on Propositions 1, 2, and 3 on April 28,” the flier states that “Every year we pay more and our schools get worse” and goes on to note that “over half of EBR Schools earned a D or F performance score.”
A little-known nonprofit group called Keep Louisiana Working is behind the campaign opposing the tax, which would generate some $935 million over 10 years for the school system.
The nonprofit organization, which is registered as a 501(c) 4, is based on East Airport Road and describes its mission as advancing “public policies aimed at creating jobs and economic opportunity, limiting government, reducing the tax burden on citizens, improving the economy, protecting the rights of parents and leading to better social welfare in the state of Louisiana,” according to its Facebook page.