With two “news” articles within five days touting Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker’s massive infrastructure rebuild for the city, it is almost assured that the area’s daily paper, The Ruston Daily Leader, will be supporting the plan, along with sticking the people who shop in Ruston for an additional 3/4 ¢ in sales taxes to help pay for it.
On Sunday, 11/22/15 there was this:
Today, another article reporting on a Walker news conference held yesterday:
Readers will recall that in late September, The Leader began a campaign to reverse a 9/8/15 Lincoln Parish Police Jury vote to deny a tax break to two local businesses.
Several articles and editorials held forth on the necessity of such tax breaks to encourage “economic development.”
At the 11/10/15 jury meeting, the earlier vote was reversed, and the tax breaks granted.
One of the counter arguments was that the tax breaks would have to be made up by other taxes somewhere else.
Sure enough, days later a massive spending plan has been unveiled that will have to be paid for by taxing those who can least afford it via sales taxes.
You can bet the people who are pushing this plan of higher sales taxes are the same ones who stampeded the police jury into reversing their vote on the business tax breaks.
See here the complete Ruston infrastructure plan.
Readers need to know about, however, the business relationship The Ruston Daily Leader enjoys with the City of Ruston.
For calendar year 2014, as “official journal,” the newspaper billed the city nearly $12 thousand for “legal advertising.”
See here the document.
This amount does not include similar relationships that the newspaper has with other governmental entities in the area, such as the police jury and the Lincoln Parish School Board.