Gov. Bobby Jindal says his plan to overhaul our tax system is not etched in stone and we think that's a good thing. The governor wants to do away with the state's income and corporate taxes and swap them with a higher and broader sales tax, taxing many services that have never been taxed before. Some of those include: veterinary services, haircuts and internet services.
More than 250 clergy from across the state signed a letter saying they believe the plan will unfairly hurt poor and moderate-income families. We are concerned about low and middle income families, many of whom use the very services that will be impacted. There are parts of the plan that deserve strong consideration.
When lawmakers meet in two weeks to begin dissecting the governor's plan, we hope they will focus on those areas that bring needed reform and spur economic development without shifting more of the tax burden to the poor, working class and small business owners. While we wait for more definition on the tax plan, we urge lawmakers to proceed with caution as they consider creating one of the highest sales taxes in the country.