State of Louisiana Archives: on Tax Reform


John Bel Edwards: Reform tax structure or face $1.3B fiscal cliff in 2018

Louisiana faces a more than $1.3 billion fiscal cliff on July 1, 2018--a point when a significant amount of revenue disappears and expensive credits and rebates return to their full amounts. This is the big moment. The structural deficits have gone on for far too long. The resistance to doing what is right and necessary to fix this problem once and for all is no longer acceptable.

Last year, you created a task force that spent months studying the most responsible way to reform our tax and budget structure. What we found from this review is that the options are no easier, or even substantially different, than the ones we have considered in the past. I fully support the task force's recommendations for structural tax reform. Many of the recommendations of the task force were the very same solutions I proposed last year. So now we have a choice. We can simply go down the same road we have travelled time and again--hoping for different results. Or we can chart a new path.

Source: 2017 Louisiana State of the State address Apr 10, 2017

John Bel Edwards: Reduce sales tax; eliminate federal income tax deductibility

As a guiding principle, I have proposed that we move forward with the elimination of the fifth penny of sales tax as scheduled July 1, 2018, clean the remaining pennies, and model our sales tax structure utilizing best practices from other states. In addition, I am asking you all to give 90 percent of the citizens of Louisiana an income tax cut, and simplify the corporate tax structure by reducing the current five corporate income tax rates to three lower rates. Both of these shifts would be in exchange for eliminating the deductibility of federal income taxes--a practice that is only used in three other states, and is most beneficial to higher income earners. And for C corps, those businesses that are taxed at the entity level, 80,000 out of 101,000 did not pay any income taxes. My proposal will ensure that those 80,000 C corps that pay no income taxes do their part
Source: 2017 Louisiana State of the State address Apr 10, 2017

Clay Higgins: Eliminate the IRS; introduce 15% federal sales tax

I support the elimination of the IRS completely and the introduction of a 15% federal sales tax. Each individual state is perfectly capable of collecting and forwarding collected federal sales tax revenue quite efficiently. A federal sales tax (AKA the "FairTax") would immediately give every single person in America "skin in the game". Everyone would be invested in America. Everyone would participate in the funding of our Federal government. Every citizen would find themselves controlling their own money and taking advantage of market competition to shop wisely with more money in their pockets to spend.

What about exemptions? Yes, I would support exempting food and medicine from federal sales taxation. I would also support exempting a citizen who has been honorably discharged from the military [after 6 or more] years. I would also support an exemption for ALL of our once revered elderly. At some point in life --maybe 67 or 68--the nation could say "enjoy your golden years tax free."

Source: 2016 Louisiana House campaign website CaptainHiggins.com Dec 10, 2016

Mike Johnson: Simpler, flatter and fairer tax code will spark new growth

Fight Tax Increases and Champion Tax Reform. Our country desperately needs real, substantive reform to our tax code to make it simpler, flatter and fairer for everyone. The best way to spark new growth in our economy is to reduce taxes and the oppression of our existing marginal tax rates. Higher taxes place a growing burden on families, small businesses, job creators and investors, which weakens the economy by discouraging entrepreneurial risk, new ventures, savings and investment. For the free market to flourish again, government needs to reduce its interference and enhance the incentives that encourage growth.
Source: 2016 House campaign website MikeJohnsonForLouisiana.com Dec 10, 2016

Foster Campbell: Make sure the super-rich pay their fair share

Q: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?

A: No

Q: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?

A: No. I want a balanced plan that makes sure the super-rich pay their fair share, and that means we have to examine waste and fraud in both corporate give-aways and all spending programs.

Q: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?

A: Yes. But these need more accountability and adequate oversight.

Source: VoteSmart 2016 Louisiana Senate Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2016

Thomas Clements: Flat rate tax with across-the-board reduction

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: Suggest a flat rate tax reduction across the board for individuals and businesses. Reduce regulations.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Ralph Abraham: America has been taxed to the point of bankruptcy

No new taxes for businesses and individuals. America has been taxed to the point of Bankruptcy. If our government spent his/her tax money wisely and frugally, there would be far less national debt and the average American household income would be higher. How novel an idea that the government should budget our tax money just as the average American MUST budget our family incomes to survive. YOU already pay more than your "fair share".
Source: 2014 Louisiana House campaign website, RalphAbraham.com Dec 5, 2014

Charles Melancon: Tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers but not middle-class

Vitter stressed his differences with Melancon on tax policy. On taxes, Vitter favor a permanent extension of all the income-tax cuts approved in the early years of President George W. Bush's administration.

Melancon said he supports extending the tax cuts for middle-income earners but allowing rates to increase on the wealthiest taxpayers. "Every one of us wants to extend the present tax rates... except one candidate, Charlie Melancon," Vitter said.

The candidates were less sure of themselves when asked for specifics on what federal spending they would seek to offset the tax cuts with corresponding cuts to spending. Vitter did not offer any suggestions for what he would cut, while Melancon suggested that Congress should take its cue from a government report that details which federal programs and agencies are "not giving bang for the buck."

Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

David Vitter: Permanent extension of all Bush tax cuts

Vitter stressed his differences with Melancon on tax policy. On taxes, Vitter favor a permanent extension of all the income-tax cuts approved in the early years of President George W. Bush's administration.

Melancon said he supports extending the tax cuts for middle-income earners but allowing rates to increase on the wealthiest taxpayers. "Every one of us wants to extend the present tax rates... except one candidate, Charlie Melancon," Vitter said.

The candidates were less sure of themselves when asked for specifics on what federal spending they would seek to offset the tax cuts with corresponding cuts to spending. Vitter did not offer any suggestions for what he would cut, while Melancon suggested that Congress should take its cue from a government report that details which federal programs and agencies are "not giving bang for the buck."

Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

John Neely Kennedy: Cut taxes & stop deficit-spending, to fight economic crisis

Kennedy focused on the countryís economic crisis rather than presidential politics as he faced off with Landrieu. He said Congress should cut taxes so people have more money to spend and pay bills, should stop deficit-spending and should put limits on the nationís banks and lending firms.

The state treasurer didnít mention Landrieuís endorsement for Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, an endorsement Kennedy has used to describe Landrieu as a ďtax-and-spend liberal.Ē

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on NOLA.com Oct 16, 2008

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