Tax Reform Task Force

Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service

As the Legislature was wrapping up sales-tax negotiations Sunday, the debate over long-term structural tax reform in Louisiana showed little sign of slowing down. 

Governor ‘Re-Gifts’ Plan for Fiscal Cliff

Dec 19, 2017
Sue Lincoln

With the holidays nearly upon us, Gov. John Bel Edwards presents his plan for dealing with the fiscal cliff.

“All of the proposals that I am making come from the legislatively–created task force. And in that sense, I’m proposing to the Legislature that it adopt its plan.”

Budget 101: Balancing the Stool

Jan 19, 2017
Sue Lincoln

“The best thing you can do for a stable funding for government is to have a well-balanced stool.”

But when your budget – your stool -- doesn’t balance, what do you do? 


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.


Tax Reform: Revenue Secretary’s View

Dec 20, 2016
Sue Lincoln

“For once, it’s cool to be ‘the tax girl’. Is there anything more exciting than tax reform in the state right now?”

We could name a few other things, but Louisiana Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, gave a rather succinct overview of the tax reform proposals to be considered by the legislature this spring.


State Budget Woes Continue, Despite Distractions

Nov 4, 2016
Tracy Conway

There are lots of distractions right now -- LSU vs. Alabama, hunting season, great weather, the elections – but Louisiana’s budget woes haven’t diminished. Instead, they’ve grown again.


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.

Questioning the Vision

May 2, 2016
commons.wikimedia.org

“I hear nothing from the governor’s office on where he wants to take this state,” Senator Conrad Appel of Metairie complains. “Where is the guiding light? Where is the direction that this state is going in these big policy areas that have long-term implications?”

Appel’s criticism is perhaps understandable, since he was one of Governor Bobby Jindal’s legislative lieutenants, spearheading education reforms in 2012.

I asked Governor John Bel Edwards to respond.