Jindal tax reforms http://wrkf.org en Some Policy Analysts Say Ditch Tax Reform "Plan B" http://wrkf.org/post/some-policy-analysts-say-ditch-tax-reform-plan-b <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the governor’s plan to replace the income tax with a higher and broader sales tax is off the table, lawmakers, policy analysts and other officials are coming up with new ideas.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn’t requiring a new plan to make up for lost revenue, but eliminating the income tax would cost the state 23.7 billion dollars if it’s phased out over the next ten years.</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8909 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: State Representative Katrina Jackson, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks http://wrkf.org/post/friday-state-representative-katrina-jackson-dig-magazines-chris-brooks <p>State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) talks with Jim about issues and proposed legislation coming in the 2013 Legislative session, which starts Monday at noon.</p><p>A visit with Chris Brooks, of DIG Magazine, to chat about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival and other local hot topics.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:05:42 +0000 Jim Engster 8453 at http://wrkf.org Robideaux Covers Tax, Budget Reform http://wrkf.org/post/robideaux-covers-tax-budget-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The lawmaker sponsoring Governor Bobby </span>Jindal’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tax reform package is saying the administration has learned from his mistakes last session.&nbsp;</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After the blow back from the abbreviated debate on education reform in 2012, Representative Joel </span>Robideaux<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said discussions on the Governor's initiatives got underway sooner this year.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Some may say that wasn’t a good way to go," Robideaux&nbsp;told the Baton Rouge&nbsp;Press Club on Monday, "because we’ve taken two months of opposition, but from a legislative standpoint, I think it’s great because we’ve had two months of debate we wouldn’t have otherwise been afforded.”</span></p></div><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:36:37 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8348 at http://wrkf.org Robideaux Covers Tax, Budget Reform Jindal Speaks to Tax Plan Opposition http://wrkf.org/post/jindal-speaks-tax-plan-opposition <p>More stakeholders are turning their noses up at the governor’s plan to eliminate income and franchise taxes in favor of raising and broadening the sales tax.</p><p>House Minority Leader John Bel Edwards said the plan is a play from a national conservative think tank that will look good to voters in other states, if the governor decides to run for national office. His caucus thinks it will hurt low- and middle-income families, as well as small business, like those in the tourism industry.</p><p>The Louisiana Association for Business and Industry released a statement saying it will oppose any change to the system that raises tax on businesses.</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8139 at http://wrkf.org Details on Rebate Program, Incentive Changes Released http://wrkf.org/post/details-rebate-program-incentive-changes-released <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the Governor's proposed tax reforms low-income filers will be eligible for a rebate and some business incentive programs will see changes. The state House Ways and Means Committee met again Tuesday to discuss details on these elements of the proposal.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">The Governor wants to eliminate the personal income tax and the corporate income and franchise taxes. Under the proposal, the sales tax will grow to make up that revenue.</p><p class="p1"> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:24:57 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8078 at http://wrkf.org Details on Rebate Program, Incentive Changes Released Jindal's Math Under Question: Answers Interpretable http://wrkf.org/post/jindals-math-under-question-answers-interpretable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember in high school when math teachers wouldn’t give full credit for answers that weren’t supported with all the work that showed how a student arrived to that answer?</span></p><p></p><p>On Friday,<a href="http://lafaithcommunity.com/"> a group of 250 clergymen</a> and women challenged the work behind the math used by the Jindal administration to calculate the tax burden on individuals under the governor’s new tax swap plan.</p><p>The governor wants to eliminate the personal income tax, the corporate income tax and the corporate franchise tax. He’d replace that lost revenue by raising the sales tax to 5.88 percent, applying the sales tax to more services and tinkering with a few other taxes and exemptions. Jindal says the plan will not amount to a tax hike for citizens or a loss in revenue for the state, but that it will be revenue neutral.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:04:26 +0000 Kelly Connelly 7996 at http://wrkf.org Jindal's Math Under Question: Answers Interpretable TUESDAY: LDOR's Doug Baker, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston, LELA's Joni Leggio http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-ldors-doug-baker-political-blogger-cb-forgotston-lelas-joni-leggio <p>Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show,&nbsp;who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.</p><p>Government watchdog and blogger C.B. Forgotston (cbforgotston.com) talks about the tax swap plan and the coming Legislative session, which starts in two weeks.</p><p>Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.</p><p><em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:52:36 +0000 Jim Engster 7993 at http://wrkf.org MONDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky http://wrkf.org/post/monday-pennington-centers-dr-steven-heymsfield-blogger-stephen-sabludowsky <p>Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.</p><p>Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.</p><p>Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"</p><p><em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:41:23 +0000 Jim Engster 7909 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: LSU Professor Stephen Andes, Medicaid and Budget Issues, Buddhist Monk Anam Thubten http://wrkf.org/post/friday-lsu-professor-stephen-andes-medicaid-and-budget-issues-buddhist-monk-anam-thubten <p>Jim talks with LSU Latin American Studies professor Stephen Andes, about Pope Francis I, the first South American pontiff, and the first from the western hemisphere.</p><p>Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, talks about the 62nd annual Gridiron show this weekend, which skewers local politics and events. Jan is joined by Sophia Kunen and Michael Stagg, with Forward Louisiana, to talk about Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal and why Louisiana should accept the Medicaid expansion that's part of the federal health care reforms.</p><p>Buddhist monk Anam Thubten discusses the recent rash of self-immolations among monks and holy men in his home country. He''ll speak locally this weekend at the Agame Meditation Center on Acadian.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:57:10 +0000 Jim Engster 7834 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: Child Welfare Expert Dr. Mark Courtney, Ad Exec Hunter Territo, Dan Borne http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-child-welfare-expert-dr-mark-courtney-ad-exec-hunter-territo-dan-borne <p>Jim talks with child welfare specialist Dr. Mark Courtney, from the University of Chicago, about foster care in Louisiana, and the challenges and problems therein. He's joined by Dana Hunter, from LSU's School of Social Work.</p><p>Advertising executive Hunter Territo, President of the American Advertising Federation - Baton Rouge, discusses the latest news on Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms, and a threatened tax on media advertising.</p><p>Dan Borne, President of The LA Chemical Association and a deacon in the Catholic Church, talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.</p><p><em> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:50:21 +0000 Jim Engster 7465 at http://wrkf.org