Posted: Mar 14, 2013 12:04 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is outlining the details of its proposal to rewrite the state tax code.
Jindal wants to boost state sales taxes from 4 percent to 5.88 percent; increase cigarette taxes from 36-cents per pack to $1.41; and assess sales taxes on a wide range of services not currently taxed. He also wants to remove an unspecified list of tax breaks.
In exchange, the Republican governor's plan would get rid of the state's individual income tax and the state's corporate income and franchise taxes.
Jindal says sales taxes give people more control over how much and when they pay taxes, rather than income taxes, and are a more predictable revenue source for the state.
Lawmakers will consider the ideas in the upcoming legislative session that begins April 8.