Jindal tax reforms

Capitol Access
6:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Some Policy Analysts Say Ditch Tax Reform "Plan B"

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. 

Governor Jindal 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.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:05 am
Thu April 4, 2013

FRIDAY: State Representative Katrina Jackson, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

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.

A visit with Chris Brooks, of DIG Magazine, to chat about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival and other local hot topics.


Tax Reforms
9:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Robideaux Covers Tax, Budget Reform

Representative Joel Robideaux has been a part of nine legislative sessions. He spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday about this session's initiatives.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

The lawmaker sponsoring Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax reform package is saying the administration has learned from his mistakes last session. 

After the blow back from the abbreviated debate on education reform in 2012, Representative Joel Robideaux said discussions on the Governor's initiatives got underway sooner this year. “Some may say that wasn’t a good way to go," Robideaux told the Baton Rouge 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.”

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Tax Reform
9:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Jindal Speaks to Tax Plan Opposition

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.

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.

The Louisiana Association for Business and Industry released a statement saying it will oppose any change to the system that raises tax on businesses.

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Tax Reforms
5:24 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Details on Rebate Program, Incentive Changes Released

The Department of Revenue released more details of the Governor's tax overhauls to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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. 

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.

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Tax Reforms
1:04 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Jindal's Math Under Question: Answers Interpretable

ITEP graphs show there's not much difference between states with and without the personal income tax.
Credit Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy

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?

On Friday, a group of 250 clergymen 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.

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.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

TUESDAY: LDOR's Doug Baker, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston, LELA's Joni Leggio

Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show, who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.

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.

Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:41 am
Fri March 22, 2013

MONDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.

Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.

Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"

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The Jim Engster Show
10:57 am
Thu March 21, 2013

FRIDAY: LSU Professor Stephen Andes, Medicaid and Budget Issues, Buddhist Monk Anam Thubten

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.

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.

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.


The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

THURSDAY: Child Welfare Expert Dr. Mark Courtney, Ad Exec Hunter Territo, Dan Borne

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.

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.

Dan Borne, President of The LA Chemical Association and a deacon in the Catholic Church, talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

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