Mar 5, 2013 7:57 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Rep. Joel Robideaux Drafts Tax Reform Bill

When it comes to Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform legislation, all eyes are on Representative Joel Robideaux.

The Lafayette legislator was chosen to be the lead author of Jindal's legislation that aims to repeal state income taxes. Robideaux, who's also a CPA, says he's still working on the bill, and plans on filing it before the session begins April eighth.

"At the end of the day the body is going to vote either for it or against it, and we're either going to repeal the income tax or we're not going to repeal the income tax. I don't feel a whole lot of pressure because as long as you're presenting everything in a fair and truthful way, then the vote is going to be what the vote is, and there's no reason to try to worry how it's going to turn out," Representative Joel Robideaux said.

How the tax reform bill will turn out, is Robideaux's big focus. Governor Jindal wants to repeal income taxes which means that Louisiana will have to make up about 2.8 billion dollars in tax revenue.

"It's hard to say who the losers are going to be because even the losers are going to benefit from the repeal from income taxes. It's just how much of an increase are they going to have with additional sales tax as it relates to the savings they have from not having to pay income tax," Robideaux said.



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