DuBos: Jindal wrong to drop tax reform entirely

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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 7:01 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to “park” his tax plan is the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Gov. Bobby Jindal made the right move Monday, when he decided to “park” his tax-swap plan. But he made the wrong move when he punted the whole issue of tax reform to lawmakers.

The governor took a lot of heat for his plan to swap higher sales taxes for no income tax. His response is to walk away — even though other parts of his tax plan had lots of merit, and lots of support.

Walking away is not leadership. It’s abdication.

The governor says he’s listening. Looks more like he’s pouting — even though he says he’s not pouting. Here’s clue on that one: when a politician has to say he’s not pouting, he’s pouting.

The governor deserves credit for taking the lead on tax reform. Like most voters, however, I didn’t care for his sales tax hike. But there are other ways to offset income tax revenues. It’s a shame he’s walking away just as lawmakers begin the search.

Maybe, as the nonpartisan Council for A Better Louisiana says, lawmakers too should “park” the whole tax debate. If the governor won’t follow through, why should they?

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