Jindal scraps tax reforms, 10-year rollout proposed
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today he was scrapping his plan to immediately eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, and instead try to phase the changes in over the next decade.
Jindal made the announcement during his joint address before the state House and Senate at the start of the 2013 legislative session. He said people have told him he moves too fast or talks to fast, and so he decided to slow down his tax plan and called on lawmakers to send him a plan.
At least two bills have been pre-filed in the Senate and House which propose eliminating the taxes over ten years. Governor's spokesperson Kyle Plotkin said the governor has not supported any specific plan at this time.
Jindal's plan also faced criticism and stiff opposition from lawmakers who were concerned it wouldn't remain revenue neutral, and relied too much on new taxes to services as well as boosting the state's sales tax. The governor also saw approval ratings in the state plummet to 38 percent after announcing the plan.
News 2 is at the start of the session and will have more on the changes tonight starting at 4 p.m.