Commentary provided by Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project in Baton Rouge, LA.
Louisiana is a conservative state with a very conservative governor who, until recently, was one of the most popular in the country.
But when Gov. Bobby Jindal unveiled a “revenue neutral” plan to eliminate Louisiana’s individual and corporate income taxes this year, something extraordinary happened: the people of Louisiana stood up, and the governor backed down. Less than three months after the plan was announced, the governor admitted defeat and said he was “parking” his package of bills. A week later, the chairman of the House tax-writing committee said any efforts to scrap the income tax were dead for the year. Read More