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New radio ad highlights tax votes of state lawmakers

4 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago Tuesday, July 07 2015 Jul 7, 2015 July 07, 2015 6:53 AM July 07, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE- A new radio ad launching from an anti-tax organization is targeting state lawmakers who supported tax hikes and lessened tax breaks to balance this year's budget.

The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity is spending $60,000 for the advertising that begins statewide Tuesday.

The organization is coupling it with door-knocking and phone calls to voters, directing them to a website that shows how lawmakers voted on eight bills, including a cigarette tax increase and across-the-board cuts to tax breaks.

Phillip Joffrion, Louisiana state director for Americans for Prosperity, said lawmakers didn't consider fundamental, long-term spending and tax reforms.

Lawmakers, many of whom will be on the Oct. 24 ballot, said the tax votes were needed to avoid steep cuts to public health care services and colleges.

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