sales tax

Wallis Watkins

Louisiana’s House of Representatives is still sharply divided over how to fix the fiscal cliff. The House was finally set to vote on tax and budget bills Wednesday, but when members took to the floor hours behind schedule, it still wasn’t clear if they were any closer to a compromise. 

Wallis Watkins

Members of the House Ways and Means committee got right to work on Tuesday, looking at possible ways to increase revenue, as the state faces a budget shortfall. 

Budget 101: Income

Jul 3, 2017
LA Tax Reform Task Force

A new fiscal year started this past weekend, so this might be a good time for a basic review. Let’s call it “Budget 101”.

We’ll start with state income – also known as revenue. 


One Collector or Many?

Mar 20, 2017
giphy.com

The Sales Tax Streamlining Commission is nearly ready to release their recommendations on which sales tax exclusions and exemptions should stay and which should go away, but they seem to have reached an impasse on another aspect of streamlining.


Budget 101: State Income

Jan 17, 2017
Sue Lincoln

Shortfalls, streamlining, tax reform – as Louisiana’s budget problems continue to dominate discussions at the capitol, now would be a good time for a basic review. Let’s call it “Budget 101”.

We’ll start with state income –also known as revenue.  

Taxing On-Line Sales

Jan 2, 2017
media commons

If you’ve done some online shopping since the calendar flipped to 2017, you may have noticed your total at checkout was higher than expected.

“If you live in Louisiana, the next time you go to Amazon and buy something, you can just add 10% to your bill,” state Treasurer and U.S. Senator-elect John Kennedy grumbles.

Tax Reform and Income Inequality

Dec 21, 2016
courtesy: labudget.org

Yesterday, we heard about tax reform from state Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, who says, “We want every taxpayer treated fairly. We don’t want a particular group to feel that they are paying more taxes than other people.”

Today we talk with Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, who says the tax reform report is a good start.


For Tax Structure Task Force, It's Crunch Time

Aug 30, 2016
LA Dept. of Revenue

Facing a Thursday due date for their report, the Tax Structure Task Force is working daily this week, sorting through options and preparing to vote on their recommendations.

“If we’re going to spend, we have to decide exactly how we’re going to raise the money,” LSU economist, Dr. Jim Richardson, summed up the charge given to the panel by the governor and the legislature.

He then gave the other dozen task force members a review of what they’d learned meeting nearly weekly for the past four months.

Can We Get Off the Rollercoaster?

May 16, 2016
courtesy Six Flags

The full House completed their budget-balancing exercise Friday, leaving few completely pleased with the outcome.

But, as Minden Rep. Gene Reynolds said, “The reality is once it gets over to the Senate side, it’s not going to come back the same way it left – believe me.”

Sue Lincoln

When House Bill 61 went in front of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee Tuesday morning, it proposed cleaning one of the four pennies of state sales tax from exemptions, generating $112 million in revenue next fiscal year. 


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