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Play Button  Full - Full Program
Play Button  Extra - CABL on Tax Reform – Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana gives feedback on Governor Jindal’s tax reform proposals at the 3/4/13 meeting of the B.R. Press
Play Button  Extra - State Vs Local Sales Tax - Jim Richardson, Ph.D., LSU economist explains Louisiana’s dual sales tax system.
Play Button  Extra - 1.5 Legged Stool - LSU economist, Jim Richardson, Ph.D., voices his concerns about relying solely on sales taxes for state revenues.
Play Button  Extra - LMA Response To Tax Commission Idea - Louisiana Municipal Association president and New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry gives the groups opinion about a centralized tax collection commission.
Play Button  Extra - Bad On Paper - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, describes how our tax structure challenges the competitiveness of the state..
Play Button  Extra - Uncharted Territory - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana explains the impact of eliminating the income tax of the state.
Play Button  Extra - Current Flexibility - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana touches on the flexibility the state’s current income and sales tax structure creates.
Play Button  Extra - Archaic Tax Collections - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana describes the challenges to doing business statewide and dealing with 59 tax collectors.
Play Button  Extra - Commission Concerns - Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana explains why local municipalities are reluctant to have a centralized collection system.
Play Button  Extra - Dispute Jindal Data - Louisiana Budget Project policy analyst David Gray explains his group’s objections to a study cited by Governor Jindal supporting his plan.
Play Button  Extra - States With Income Tax - David Gray, policy analyst with the Louisiana Budget Project touches on the economic indicators in states with income taxes.
Play Button  Extra - We Need The Details - John Overton, owner of Turn Key Solutions and member of the Louisiana Small Business Advisory Council explains the wait and see attitude of his peers.
Play Button  Extra - A State That Is Doing It - Tax Foundation analyst, Joseph Henchman describes a state that is currently using a plan similar to Governor Jindal’s proposal.

03/13 - Tax Reform 2013

What would these changes mean for Louisiana’s low and middle income families?

To create a more attractive business climate for the state, Governor Jindal is proposing that Louisiana eliminate its personal and corporate income taxes. The governor’s plan would raise revenue through higher sales taxes and fewer exemptions. What would these changes mean for Louisiana’s low and middle income families? How will the plan impact the competitiveness of retailers, both in-state and online? Would current incentives, like the media and film tax exemption, be spared?

Louisiana Public Square brings together a panel of experts to explore the governor’s primary legislative agenda on “Louisiana Tax Reform 2013” Wednesday, March 27th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.


Governor Bobby Jindal is proposing that Louisiana eliminate its personal and corporate income taxes in order to create what he says will be a more attractive business climate in the state. The governor’s plan would raise revenue through higher sales taxes, fewer exemptions and new fees on services. What would these changes mean for Louisiana’s low and middle income families? How will the plan impact the competitiveness of retailers, both in-state and online? And what challenges would higher state sales taxes create for local municipalities? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Louisiana Tax Reform 2013.”

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Additional Resources

Governor Jindal’s tax reform plan – From Office of the Governor’s website

Review of Governor’s plan – By the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana

Outline of new services to be taxed - Description from NOLA.com

Louisiana’s current tax structure – Primer from La. Dept. of Revenue (LDOR)

Jindal administration tax plan info page – Provided by LDOR head Tim Barfield

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Governor Jindal’s tax swap plan is just politics as usual, and probably detrimental to the general public. Just like the previous “Stelly Plan”, what is to prevent future Legislatures from giving back exemptions and/or increasing incentives when wealthier individuals and/or corporations begin complaining about the increased level of their taxes. And what is to prevent future Legislatures from further increasing state sales taxes?

Posted by Paul Jones  on  03/23  at  03:24 PM

It’s obvious that Mr. Jindal could care less about the citizenry in Louisiana. The bold and hurtful moves he makes in this state is only to spotlight and make himself look good to the republican base in the rest of the country. I’d say 3 things to Mr. Jindal: 1. You’ll never ride he wave of popularity that Mr. Obama surfed on. 2. You will never get the republican nomination. and 3. you will never be president of these united states.

Posted by MICHAEL ROBERTSON  on  03/27  at  09:33 AM

How in the world can a small group that has claimed deficits for the past 5 years expect us to swallow a radical change that may or may not yield positive results? Trust is a two-way street.

Posted by Albert "Highway" David  on  03/27  at  11:25 AM

What bothers me most about Jindal’s tax plan is the repeated emphasis on business and jobs—the old Republican trickle-down idea.  We have many increased jobs and expansion in my area of the state, and I question the need to restructure the tax code in order to “attract business.”’ Seems we are attracting business WITHOUT drastic restructuring of the tax system.  Frankly, I think the governor is following the guidelines set forth by ALEC, a national conservative advisory agency and one that is truly unfamiliar with the needs and citizenry of this state.  But, then, Gov. Jindal’s aspirations are national; he never mentions the poor and needy, the state workers who have lost their jobs because of his closing the LSU hospitals, State Group Benefits, and other agencies while paying his appointees six-figure salaries.  The Republican ideas about jobs and taxes have not worked on the national level.  Why should I believe they are going to work for Louisiana?

Posted by Stella  on  03/27  at  07:52 PM

I can’t believe Mr. Jindal would knowingly hurt the poor and those on fixed income; yet that is exactly what he, and those in office will do by raising the sales tax.
I am very disappointed by all our elected officials in considering this plan.

Posted by Linda  on  03/27  at  08:04 PM

I agree with the gentleman that said that the consumer was NOT represented well at all on this program. It was heavily focused on the false idea that wealthy bosses pass on their profits to their employees. The middle and lower classes are not benefiting from taking care of BUSINESS! Only the wealthy can choose what and when they but their goods. The rest of us buy when we must. Sales taxes are REGRESSIVE! Mr. Edwards was our only voice on the panel…not balanced at all. Please be more fair . I expect public television to present both sides of every argument so that we may use critical thinking and decide.

Posted by Maureen Butler  on  03/28  at  10:15 AM

Does anyone really trust Piyush Jindal to look out for the middle class. His plan is just another example of corporate welfare, and we ain’t buying and he ain’t never gonna be the president, which is his real motivation for everything he does.

Posted by Kim D Normand  on  03/28  at  10:17 AM

I watched the forum on the Jindal 2013 proposed income tax reform. I find it disappointing, but typical of the Jindal administration represented by Mr. Barfield, that when asked to reveal a full list of the services proposed to be taxed he referred the public to a web address: advantage louisiana. com. From the time of your broadcast Wednesday night I have tried to access that site with no success. In fact, the site has a disclaimer: Not available at this time. Your moderator glibly accepted this information from Mr. Barfield in a tone that suggested confidence and assurance that the information being passed through your forum was correct and available. I had a feeling as soon as Barfield said it that the information would be unavailable. And that is so. Too bad your moderator could not have been one or two steps ahead of Barfield, as surely many of the public are, and been able to affirm that, indeed, transparency and timely consideration by the public is not wanted or worked into the process. Not only the regular public would have access, but legislators also…since during the first “talking point” meeting between Jindal administration and legislators the memos were handed out, then gathered up at the end of the meeting, according to The Advocate. Evidently, the points were too controversial to trust being put in elected officials hands. This is what I mean by being one or two steps ahead in the moderator’s responsibilities toward guiding the forum/question/answer process toward something that would actually shed real light on the tax reform. I am not against tax reform. What I am against is the proven hurry up, cram it in, pass it fast history of the Jindal machine. Thank you for this avenue of communication, Janet L. Schilling

Posted by Janet Schilling  on  03/28  at  10:20 AM

I want to thank you for covering this topic. I am surprised that we are not offered more information and open discussion on this serious issue. Watching tonight, I was struck by how respectful and guarded everyone was while discussing this insane, outrageous, proposal by the Governor. When I look at the successful (healthy, well educated, solvent, productive etc.) countries and regions of the world, none of them would try to compete with Texas. They do not need to. I would call what the Governor is suggesting, prompted by outside interests, not a tax swap, but a hit and run.

Posted by Leonard Joseph  on  03/28  at  10:22 AM

Sales taxes have been dubbed historically “regressive” for a very good reason—they usually signal the downfall of an economy or government.  European consumption taxes are mitigated by the fact that the poor and middle class have benefits of free education, free health care, public transportation and much more that Louisianians don’t have.  So Gov. Jindal’s proposal will lead to social misery and revolution if carried to its logical conclusion.  It’s a slap in the face to commerce and merchants who will see an immediate drop in consumers’ purchasing power equivalent to the proposed tax.

Posted by Dr. W.F. Bertolette  on  03/28  at  12:11 PM

On Sunday, March 31st, LPB viewers heard a panel discussion regarding pros/cons to future changes in Louisiana tax laws. Multiple times, the following Website address http://www.advantagelouisiana.com/ was reported as a resource for LA citizens to visit to find out more information about these important tax changes/proposals. As I attempted to log on to this Website, I found the following message: “This cite is currently unavailable.” As a Louisiana voter who wishes to stay informed on such issues, I find this very frustrating! Why would viewers be given a Website address that isn’t even accessible? Where can one go to find out more information?

Posted by Kathy Sims  on  04/01  at  02:48 PM

Ms. Sims,
I also encountered the error message at the web address given by Mr. Barfield the night that we taped “Louisiana Public Square.” I emailed Mr. Barfield’s press contact, hoping for a reply before we broadcast the program the next night. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive a response in time for the airing on the 27th and have still not received a reply. I will keep you and our viewers updated once I hear something.
LPS Producer

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