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WRKF
6:02 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Some Policy Analysts Say Ditch Tax Reform "Plan B"

Now that the governor’s plan to replace the income tax with a higher and broader sales tax is off the table, lawmakers, policy analysts and other officials are coming up with new ideas. 

Governor Jindal isn’t requiring a new plan to make up for lost revenue, but eliminating the income tax would cost the state 23.7 billion dollars if it’s phased out over the next ten years.

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State Legislature
9:37 am
Fri April 12, 2013

LSU Okay to Lease Hospitals Without Lege Approval, Dept. of Ed. Seeks Restructuring

Legislative approval is not required for LSU to lease its hospitals, that’s according to an opinion issued Thursday by State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. A law passed in 1997 gave governance of hospitals to LSU, and a 2003 amendment didn’t include leases on the list of things LSU has to go to the Capitol for – so Caldwell ruled leasing “intentionally omitted.”

The opinion hasn’t stopped the legislature from trying to intervene in privatization. The House moved a resolution to stop the process until the legislature has more information.

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State Legislature
6:02 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Earl K Long Closure Made Official, Education Changes Proposed

Lawmakers have put the final nail in the coffin to close LSU’s public hospital in North Baton Rouge. In Wednesday’s Joint Budget Committee, the Baton Rouge delegation pointed to gaps in care for pregnant women, prisoners and mental health services.

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Politics
6:02 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Capitol Access: Lege Picks Up Tax Reform, Looks to Ark. for ACA

The legislature is already taking up Governor Bobby Jindal’s charge to move a bill to phase out the income tax, just a day after the governor ditched his own plan for repeal.

In his speech to lawmakers Monday, Jindal didn't mention maintaining his requirement that any new tax changes be revenue neutral.

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Politics
11:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

La. Capitol Access: MidDay Check-in, April 9

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:55 am

The Legislature is already taking up Gov. Bobby Jindal’s charge to move a bill to phase out the income tax, just a day after the governor ditched his own plan for repeal. The House will consider sending fiscal-hawk Rep. Kirk Talbot’s six-year income tax phase-out to the House Ways and Means Committee when it convenes at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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WRKF
9:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Leo Honeycutt, S.U. Law Chancellor Freddie Pitcher

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:31 pm

Author and journalist Leo Honeycutt talks with Jim about Governor Jindal's surprise at the opening of the 2013 State Legislature, and comparisons of Mr. Jindal to former Governor Edwin Edwards and others.

Jim chats with Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher as the Law Center observes its 65th anniversary.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Capitol Access: Jindal 'Parks' Tax Plan, Ignores Budget

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:07 pm

Governor Jindal’s opening address to the legislature didn’t mention healthcare, higher education, or the budget in general. Instead, he flabbergasted lawmakers and media with a thirteen-minute long speech ditching his plan to raise sales tax revenue to replace the income tax. But he didn’t abandon the initiative altogether.

“I know that several of you have already filed bills to phase-out the income tax," Jindal said. "What I’m here to tell you is this: even as we park our bill, I call on you. Let’s work together. Let’s pass a bill this session to get rid of the income tax once and for all in the state of Louisiana.”

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Politics
2:07 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Full Speech: Jindal Scraps His Tax Plan

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:53 pm

In a 13-minute speech kicking off the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he still wants the legislature to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana, but he let go of his plan for doing so with a big sales tax hike, an increased tobacco tax and the removal of some tax breaks. Listen to the speech in its entirety.


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Politics
11:36 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Jindal's Address to Legislature Live at 1 p.m.

Gov. Bobby Jindal
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Gov. Bobby Jindal will address the state legislature today at 1 p.m.

The governor is expected to talk about his tax proposals, including the elimination of the state income tax and an increase in sales taxes to make up the difference. His proposals have run into strong opposition from the public and from the legislature.

You can watch a live video of the address on LPB's website.

WRKF
9:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Capitol Access: 2013 Session Preview

Lawmakers from across the state convene Monday to kick-off the 2013 legislative session. It’s an odd-numbered year, so officials are tackling mostly fiscal matters – including Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the income tax. He wants to make up the revenue by increasing the sales tax by 2.25 percent. The proposal has already met a litany of criticism.

Bob Mann  a political analyst and communications director for former Governor Kathleen Blanco  thinks the bill has slim chances. “It looks as if it’s not going to make it out of committee – at least not in its current form," Mann said.

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