Treasurer pushes for vote on Jindal tax plan
BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy says he thinks voters should decide whether to rewrite Louisiana's tax laws, if lawmakers pass Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax swap.
Kennedy said in a column Thursday that the governor's proposal would impact every Louisiana taxpayer, so voters should decide in a statewide election if they like the restructuring before the changes could take effect.
Jindal proposes to get rid of the state's income taxes. In exchange, he's proposing to increase state sales taxes and charge those sales taxes on a list of previously untaxed services.
The Jindal administration says the rewrite would shift $500 million in tax costs from individuals to businesses and lower taxes for nearly all households. Critics say it would cost low- and moderate-income families more.
The two-month legislative session starts April 8.
News 2's Mike Steele will have more on recent changes to the governor's tax reform plans tonight.
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