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Apr 8, 2013 9:15 AM by AP

Jindal pushing tax rewrite at regular session open

Skeptical lawmakers are getting a pitch from Gov. Bobby Jindal for his tax system revamp as the regular legislative session begins.
The two-month session opens at noon Monday, with Jindal scheduled to speak to a joint meeting of the House and Senate an hour later.
Jindal wants to do away with state income taxes, in exchange for increased sales taxes charged on more items, boosted tobacco taxes and removal of some tax breaks.
The Republican governor has said the rewrite is fairer to households and better for business.
But the tax package has run into strong opposition from across the political spectrum and from a leading business lobbying group.
Lawmakers have said they don't see how the governor could get legislative passage of the proposal in its current form.

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