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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, at campaign event for presidential candidate John McCain in Kenner, Louisiana. Date    4 June 2008
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has had to give up on his extremist plan to abolish the state's income and corporate taxes and replace them with a bigger, badder sales tax, but abolition of the income tax remains his goal:
In a speech opening the 2013 legislative session, Jindal is telling lawmakers that he is taking his plan off the table even as he said he will not "pout" or "take his ball and go home," instead asking lawmakers to develop and pass their own version of a plan to phase out the state's income tax, according to a copy of the governor's prepared remarks.
Whatever the ultimate plan looks like, eliminating the state income tax is likely to make taxes more regressive:
Bar graph showing that in states with no income tax, the poorest 20% of people pay more of their income in taxes than in states with income tax, while everyone else pays more of their income in taxes in states with an income tax, with people with the highest incomes getting the most benefit from not having an income tax.
And the evidence that the economic benefits Republicans like Jindal are always claiming for lower taxes are real is, shall we say, mixed at best.

Whatever happens with Louisiana's income tax, let's remember that Bobby Jindal's initial plan was too far, too fast for the state's Republican legislature. Recognizing a defeat was coming and pulling the proposal doesn't make him some kind of sensible moderate.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:37 PM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks, Daily Kos, and Daily Kos Economics.

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