Skip to comments.Reuters: Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan
Posted on 04/07/2013 7:27:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
(Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, one of the nation's most prominent Republicans and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has fallen out of favor with local voters, and his bold plan to scrap the state income tax is running into trouble.
Jindal was re-elected to a second term with two-thirds of the vote in 2011. But his Louisiana approval rating was down to 38 percent in a recent poll, worse than Democratic President Barack Obama in one of the most conservative states.
The poll suggested voters think he is spending more time traveling outside the state and burnishing his credentials for a possible White House run than tending to local matters.
As the Louisiana Legislature prepares to kick off its two-month session on Monday, Jindal's signature proposal to eliminate the state income tax is facing resistance.
His detailed plan would do away with all state personal and corporate income taxes. It also calls for a 56-percent increase in the state sales tax, a much higher cigarette tax, and the elimination of some tax loopholes to make up the $3 billion shortfall from scrapping the income taxes.
To allay fears that the plan would hurt the poor, Jindal has proposed a rebate for low-income residents and some retirees.
The governor says the change would attract business by making Louisiana competitive with states such as oil-rich neighbor Texas, which has no income tax.
In speeches across the state, he has cast it as a way to simplify the system, make it fairer, and give people more control over their own money.
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The poll suggested voters think he is spending more time traveling outside the state and burnishing his credentials for a possible White House run than tending to local matters. .................................................... But this was OK for OBAMA in his first term????
I think this was a push poll by unions.
SNIP In speeches across the state, he has cast it as a way to simplify the system, make it fairer, and give people more control over their own money.
Wow, Jindal's a busy guy....he's losing popularity because he's spending too much time outside the State while he's traveling the State making speeches. Oh, and his plan to abolish State income taxes is making the poor nervous. Really?
RE: Oh, and his plan to abolish State income taxes is making the poor nervous. Really?
Really. Because the poor don’t pay any income taxes. And they’re nervous because they believe that if the rich aren’t taxed enough ( i.e. “paying their fair share”), the goodies they have been getting for free from the state of Louisiana will diminish.
That is not even an American news source.
Just saying. My support for him just went up by quite a lot.
RE: That is not even an American news source.
Well what to say, they have a huge presence here in NYC...
And they merged with a Canadian company called Thompson to form the conglomerate -— THOMPSON-REUTERS.
I should know, I used to work for their rival — Dow Jones.
RE: Total elimination cuts down the regulations and paperwork for business and the working poor. And also eliminates fat government paychecks and bennies for bureaucratic parasites.
OK, who has the guts and intelligence to explain this to the low information voters of America in a way that they can understand?
There are more people that vote for a living in Louisiana than people who work for a living. The parasites are concerned about their host's blood supply.
As their Democrat masters have instructed, the media has done a wonderful job of painting Jindal in the worst possible light.
RE: There are more people that vote for a living in Louisiana than people who work for a living.
Well, Jindal won two elections by a huge margin. And Louisiana went Romney in 2012 if I recall correctly.
This is nothing but media carpet-bombing.
I am continually appalled that the feds have gotten way with the income tax for so many years. it is illegal theft and far beyond what the founders fought against to establish this once free country.
RE: I am continually appalled that the feds have gotten way with the income tax for so many years. it is illegal theft and far beyond what the founders fought against to establish this once free country
“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”
That’s the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It was ratified on February 3, 1913. Former Princeton Prof. Woodrow Wilson was President then.
It had precedents. The Democratic Party, led by William Jennings Bryan, advocated the income tax law passed in 1894, and proposed an income tax in its 1908 platform, it became part of our constitution 4 years later.
Want to repeal it?
YOU’ll have to fight for another constitutional amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment. Good Luck with that.
Our Constitution is a marvelous document. But I personally think that several things need to be repealed.
Here are two that come to mind:
1) Automatic Citizenship by Birth regardless of the legal status of your parents
2) The 16th Amendment.
Huh? Louisiana conservative?
RE: Huh? Louisiana conservative?
Louisiana was one of the states that went Romney in 2012.
Textbook play for 'manufactured consensus.'
Uh-oh. If Jindal is left only with the support of those who get up and go to work and pay income taxes, he’s in trouble. The parasites outnumber the hosts now. America is dead. The Democrats have won.
No question it was a push poll by somebody with their filthy paws in the public wallet.
NO. Leave this part out. Does not support the “simplify” argument.
RE: Leave this part out. Does not support the simplify argument.
The problem with Tax Simplification is this -— PEOPLE WLAYS WANT TO RETAIN THEIR PET DEDUCTIONS. It is true at the Federal level, it is also true at the state level.
All proposals for Tax Simplification inevitably die the death of a thousand cuts.
The only problem I have with his plan is the much higher cigarette tax. Cigarettes are already too expensive.
I think his plan is, at the same time, too bold and not bold enough.
While a good argument can be made for cutting out the state income tax entirely, it would be better to push for a bill that steps it down each year for a few years, say 33% each year for three years. So if it turns into a catastrophe, the legislature can reverse it (with a 2/3rds vote).
At the same time, sin taxes are pretty much defunct as an idea. They have a curve something like the Laffer curve, and taxes beyond that point just lead to crime.
What would be a *huge* boon to any state would be a partial elimination of *property* taxes, under some strict conditions.
It would apply to a single family residence that is fully owned, and the family could not lease that land to others, and had to be “full time” residents of the state, that is, 6 months plus 1 day out of the year (as is done in Alaska as a requirement for the oil revenue payout.)
Likewise, there would be no state *estate* tax on that land, meaning heirs would inherit the land and home without state tax, just having to pay federal estate tax.
Just having a similar law in Florida, that a person’s residence cannot be taken away from them, has been a giant boost to Florida real estate. Every rich person who could lose it all buys a house in Florida, and retire there even if they don’t lose it all.
But an inheritable real estate law would be just as interesting to people who don’t want their hard earned money taken from their children.
Finally, Jindal could make himself extremely popular in the state, at pretty low cost, by offering for the state to buy surplus crops produced there, that would go to the poor and institutionalized at a great discount from food stamps. Both the poor and the farmers would appreciate this.
His detailed plan would do away with all state personal and corporate income taxes. It also calls for a 56-percent increase in the state sales tax, a much higher cigarette tax, and the elimination of some tax loopholes to make up the $3 billion shortfall from scrapping the income taxes. To allay fears that the plan would hurt the poor...Screw the fears -- the poor aren't spending their own money, orrrrr, they are currently carrying out tax evasion. Partisan Media Shills ping -- it's not a 56 percent sales tax, it's a bit more than a half-again increase in the current rate, looks like from a little under 4 percent to 6.25 percent. Annnnndddd:
Actually, Red Beckman wrote a book about how the 16 th ammendment was railroaded through and never properly ratified. They would have had to do that to fulfill their socialist goals...as deep inside they are tyrannical.
Republicans tend to hold their politicians accountable unlike democrats. Meaning a republican politician can’t slack off our make mistakes.
As for his income tax plan I think it is valid but that is not up to me.
why any ‘normal thinking’ person living in an income tax state
would not want to abolish that tax is beyond me — only those
that are gettin sumpin would oppose getting rid of it.
Sounds like a good idea, just cut the other taxes as well.