Gov. Bobby Jindal is hearing from folks who might be affected by his plan to increase sales taxes. And that’s the subject of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to eliminate income taxes in Louisiana. That sounds great, but that’s the easy part.
The hard part is finding some other tax to replace the nearly $3 billion that personal income taxes generate for things like colleges, health care, highways and bridges, and public safety.
So far, the governor leans toward raising state sales taxes. To raise $3 billion, he would have to double state sales tax collections.
State and local sales tax rates in Louisiana are already third highest in the nation. Jindal’s plan would make our sales taxes the highest in the country — by far.
The governor says he wants people not to criticize his plan until it’s final. That’s fair. What’s not fair is for Jindal to keep his plan under wraps until right before the April 8 legislative session — and then push it through before people have time to give it a close look.
If the governor believes in fairness, he should present his final plan at least 30 days before lawmakers have to vote on it. That would be “fair” to Louisiana’s taxpayers.
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