We heard it repeatedly throughout the special session:
“I can assure you, nobody wants to raise revenue. Nobody wants to raise taxes.”
“No one wants higher taxes.”
“I’ve heard the speeches: ‘I’m not voting for any new taxes’.”
“Nobody wants to see their taxes increase.”
Most times those statements were followed by the word, “but”.
The new 2016 Louisiana Survey, done by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab shows that lawmakers should have been listening to what came after the word “but”.