Legislatures of Louisiana: Solving the Budget Crisis in the State

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Budget Crisis in Louisiana

Ejoshua McDonald

CJA/454

May 07, 2013
Monica Wells

Budget Crisis in Louisiana

The legislatures of Louisiana are in session at the present moment attempting to find answers for the state’s budget crisis. Like other states, the budget of Louisiana has been in shambles for years, as legislatures try to find solutions suitable for all citizens. The topic of discussion stem from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tax swap plan, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley’s backing alternate state budget negotiations, education, and other issues facing the state of Louisiana at this present moment in time. Decisions are being made, which should benefit the citizens of Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tax plan proposal would phase out the states income tax and corporate tax by raising the sales tax throughout the state of Louisiana. In Jindal’s vision, cutting the states income tax and corporate tax in exchange of raising the sales tax, would generate more money for the state of Louisiana. He believed the proposal was part of the answer to budget crisis plaguing Louisiana, but other legislatures did not agree with the proposal. Legislature’s believed the proposal would weigh in to harsh on the poor and benefit the wealthy citizens of Louisiana only. The scrutiny of the tax plan caused Jindal to park the tax proposal (Adelson, 2013). Instead of going forward with the proposal, Jindal asked for the cooperation of legislatures in phasing out the state’s income tax. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley reversed his decision on spending cuts, by backing other legislatures in tax cuts that would help the state’s budget. Kleckley is one representative among others that opposed Jindals plan to phase out the state’s income tax proposal. Kleckley’s change of heart would bring millions of dollars back to the state’s budget and open doors for other new programs that would benefit the state. Kleckley and other legislatures have agreed on a deal that would...