Religious leaders say Jindal tax data is wrong

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A group of Louisiana religious leaders say Gov. Bobby Jindal used flawed data to claim nearly all families won't see increased costs under the governor's tax code rewrite.

Jindal wants to get rid of state income taxes, in exchange for higher and more sales taxes.

The clergy group says the Jindal administration analysis only looks at the sales tax increase that would raise existing taxes charged from 4 percent to 5.88 percent.

But the group says the analysis doesn't include the impact of charging 5.88 percent in sales tax on a whole new array of services that aren't currently taxed.

Rev. Melvin Rushing, a Baptist pastor from Baton Rouge, says that means half the sales tax hike is left out of calculations for how the tax swap would affect households.

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