BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Metro Council is one of many entities currently working to try to spur economic development in north Baton Rouge. This is something that would be beneficial to all of the citizens of Baton Rouge, not just those who live in north Baton Rouge.
Still, as is usually the case in these efforts, the devil is in the details. Mayor Kip Holden vetoed the council's creation of an economic development district, saying that it was not part of a comprehensive plan and alleging that it would bankrupt the city-parish because the district boundaries were too big.
We applaud the mayor for at least tapping the brakes on this plan and we hope council members will seriously consider his objections. Here in Louisiana, we know all too well the ramifications of granting tax breaks that, while well-intended, erode the tax base, sometimes without accomplishing their intended objective. North Baton Rouge does need help, but let's do it in a way that makes good business sense.
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