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State Representative Rhonda Butler addresses Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club June 29, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from State Representative Rhonda Butler reported on the recently completed session of the state legislature. Butler announced that a major piece of legislation approved by the legislature and signed by the governor was a tax simplification package. The package includes a constitutional amendment that caps the individual income tax rate at 4.75 percent and would remove the guaranteed deduction for federal income taxes paid from the constitution. Voters will decide on the amendment this fall. The package also includes creating the lowest personal income tax rate in the south and eliminates the corporate franchise tax. Another bill mandates that taxes from vehicle sales will be dedicated to infrastructure such as roads and bridges and not go to the state general fund. On infrastructure projects, Butler announced that work on improvements to US 167 should begin on US 167 in December. She told club members that a drug court in Evangeline Parish appears to be heading to becoming a reality. She announced that there is a 99 percent chance of the plan for the new court will become a reality. Both judges and the District Attorney are in favor of the new drug court. Butler stated that the creation of a statewide sales tax collection agency will not impact local parish agencies. She said there will be no loss of employment. On the question of Chicot State Park, the group and all areas of camping should be opened up in November. Frank Butler of Butler and Company Tree Service reported to club members that he is marketing and selling pallets of firewood to many businesses in our area. Representative Butler reported that timber is an eleven billion dollar industry in Louisiana. She said "We don't want to let other states control our industry with their product." Rotarian Mitch Fontenot was in charge of the program. Also the club recognized Treasurer Annette Johnson who is retiring. Outgoing Rotary President Peter Strawitz thanked club members for the opportunity of serving for the past two years. New Club President Jimmy LeBlanc will preside and conduct meetings beginning next week.

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