After Louisiana Governor Howdy Doody dropped his proposal to eliminate the state’s income tax while increasing sales taxes by over 40 percent, he reiterated his support for the idea and asked the state legislature to tighten the rope around their own necks rather than his. The state legislature has now responded by dropping the proposal.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Joel Robideaux all but ended the debate over repealing Louisiana’s income tax Monday morning, indefinitely deferring a slate of bills that would have phased out the tax over multiple years. The move, which Robideaux said was driven by opposition to the plans among committee members, all but ends the months-long debate over the income tax and would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the measures to be resurrected this year.
“Unless the committee members have a change of heart, I think its probably dead for this session,” Robideaux, R-Lafayette, said.
It can’t be stressed enough that Bobby Jindal was unable to convince enough people to eliminate income tax (!) even though he’s a Republican governor with a Republican-controlled state legislature and an overwhelmingly-Republican population.
That’s how bad of an idea it was.