Jindal to speak on tax reform at session opening
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will open the 2013 legislative session this afternoon with remarks about his tax reform plans.
Jindal is scheduled to speak around 1 p.m. before the joint House and Senate, just after the two-month session opens officially at noon.
The governor has proposed eliminating state personal and corporate income taxes to make the state's tax climate more friendly for businesses and workers. To stay revenue-neutral he's proposed increasing the state's sales tax rate to more than 6 percent, increasing tobacco taxes, removing some tax breaks such as some film industry credits, and introducing new taxes to a variety of services which hadn't been taxed before.
Jindal's approval rating recently reached 38 percent after he introduced the plan, a steep decline after being re-elected with two-thirds of the vote in 2011. Critics say he's more concerned with beefing up his resume with Republicans outside Louisiana as he prepares for a run for national office.
News 2 will have more on Jindal's remarks and the status of his tax plan with lawmakers tonight.