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After Bobby Jindal proposed eliminating the state income tax while soaking the working class with a huge jump in sales taxes that would increase the sales tax burden to about 11-12 percent, Governor Jindal's popularity collapsed from 51% in October to 38% today. That makes Jindal less popular than Obama, whose approval rating stands at 43% in Louisiana according to a new poll funded by a conservative businessman.

Across Louisiana Jindal is about 18 points lower in approval ratings than Democratic siblings Mayor Mitch Landrieu (56%) and Senator Mary Landrieu (56%).

According to the same research a majority of Louisianans are opposed to Jindal's plan to privatize public hospitals in the state, his school voucher program, and his plan to further slash the state's education and healthcare budgets.

But the most unpopular program pushed by Jindal is his soak-the-working-class sales tax scheme mentioned above: 63% of Louisianans are against this scheme.


Originally posted to RfrancisR on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:56 AM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks.

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  •  I toyed with libertarianism in college too. (7+ / 0-)

    But I grew out of it.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:11:08 AM PDT

  •  Wow. That was quick. On the very day he announces (5+ / 0-)

    ... that new brain initiative thing!

    Isn't science wonderful? Your tax dollars at work!

    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:12:11 AM PDT

  •  BWAAAHHAAAAAAAAAA!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:22:03 AM PDT

  •  That'll leave a mark. (7+ / 0-)

    Wasn't Jindal one of the potential Great Inheritors Of The Republican Presidency for 2016?

    They go through them so fast I'm not actually sure (and don't really care).  I give more consideration to my choice of facial tissue.

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:39:45 AM PDT

  •  Don't mistake what is happening here (4+ / 0-)

    Much of the criticism of Jindal right now on his tax plan comes from the right. Specifically, the very powerful Louisiana Association of Business & Industry is against his tax plan because it shifts the tax burden from individuals to business.  The opposition is NOT based on "eliminating the state income tax while soaking working class people."  It's based instead on the fact that sales taxes would, for the first time, be charged on services, including accountants, architects, etc., down to hairdressers and auto mechanics.  (It originally included lawyers, but the lawyers screamed, and since the legislature is made up of a bunch of lawyers, the plan was revised to eliminate legal services from the services that would now be taxes.) Those businesses do not want the hassle of collecting sales taxes, nor the effective increases in the amounts their customers have to pay.  It's business that's up in arms about this, because business already pays most of the sales taxes in this state, and this plan --imposing taxes on services, especially professional services, that businesses use -- would shift the burden even more to business.

    Politically, this is not about some "hit" to the working poor.  Jindal's plan includes significant rebates to lower income households so there's no big increase on them.  A lot of people on the right don't like the idea of the State giving money to low income households, so there's that.  

    And Mary is popular because she supports business --most notably, the oil and gas industry -- so much so that LABI has not recently backed a candidate against her.  If they ever decide to do that, she's toast.

    •  I know LABI's opposition has been important (1+ / 0-)
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      but it seems that their opposition is softening because Jindal announced even more sales taxes in an effort to reduce the costs on businesses.

      I think, when it comes to taxes, Louisianans aren't nearly as regressive as Jindal. Remember, Jindal's first bite of this apple came in his first year in office when he acted against Louisiana's voters in eliminating the progressive Stelly Plan that voters approved.

      He didn't take too much heat for that because he left in place the sales tax breaks in the Stelly Plan (which helped to turn Louisiana's budget surplus into a deficit).

      The real problem for businesses though are for small mom and pop retailers who are going to be hit hard by higher sales taxes. LABI is just a front group for big business in Louisiana, I don't think they care one whit about those mom and pop businesses.

      And the basic idea of raising sales taxes and eliminating income taxes is something LABI supports.  

    •  Also, Jindal has another enemy on the right (1+ / 0-)
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      and those are Republican legislators who run as populists in Louisiana who are quite concerned about how their populist reputations  will be impacted if they vote to raise taxes on the working class constituents they represent.

  •  But how the hell (2+ / 0-)
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    Does Diaper Dave Vitter garner 60% approval rating in this same poll?

    If you are against sane gun regulations then by definition you support 30,000 deaths a year by firearms.

    by jsfox on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:46:55 AM PDT

  •  LOL, too funny nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •'s beginning to look like Jindal might not (1+ / 0-)
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    even be able to carry his own home state should he run for president. Hmm....this reminds me of another guy who served as governor for one term, but whose approval ratings were so disastrously low that he decided not even to run for re-election, lest he should harm his future chances running for president. (Does the name Mittch-A-Sketch Romney ring a bell to anyone?)

  •  It's nice to see a Southern state grapple (0+ / 0-)

    with the issue of revenue.  For years, many southern states have been receiving more federal tax dollars than their states contribute, and powerful members of Congress from the region have often secured millions in federal dollars while not doing their own part to raise revenue and invest in their own people.  Now that we've endured a recession and each state has had to live in a new world of limitations, these states all have to grapple with reality.  

    After reading the comments, it looks as though the Lousiana business community is opposed to this because it expands sales taxes to professional services and other areas.  What they need is a state income tax.  That's a better way to avoid hitting consumers at their own margins.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 02:27:23 PM PDT

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