OUR TURN: Grover Norquist Tax Reform

Air: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Let me preface our comments by commending the hard work of Louisiana lawmakers as they try to plug the $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget.

I'm holding here a copy of a letter that state legislators sent to Grover Norquist to ask him if Governor Bobby Jindal's tax plan is OK. Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform, a group based in Washington DC. It's been widely reported that Jindal vowed to veto any tax plan that did not have Norquist's blessing, so it's easy to see why lawmakers wrote to Norquist directly, bypassing the middle man.

Now, we believe the people who signed this letter are true fiscal conservatives and we believe Governor Jindal is also a true fiscal conservative. So with all of this fiscal conservatism, why are our state leaders having to go to a guy in Washington, DC to find out if our budget's OK? What kind of "Alice in Wonderland" government is this? We want our state business conducted in Louisiana by Louisianians, people we actually get to vote for.

That's "Our Turn." Now, it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, visit us on Facebook or send an email to yourturn@wafb.com.