House committee starts looking at tax proposals
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers on the House tax committee are opening their debate about whether they agree with Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to repeal Louisiana's income taxes.
A week after Jindal abandoned his plan, the Ways and Means Committee begins Monday to sift through proposals to repeal the personal and corporate income taxes.
With that discussion also comes consideration of what, if any, taxes lawmakers might want to raise to offset the lost income tax cash.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says lawmakers are telling him that they want to eliminate the income tax, but that they also want to replace the lost tax revenue with something else.
Nonpartisan government watchdog groups and business leaders say the two-month session is too short to come up with a well-conceived plan that doesn't devastate critical services.
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