Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tax Expenditures: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Louisiana Department of Revenue recently issued an inch thick publication entitled “Tax Exemption Budget 2014-2015.” An alternate title for the publication could be “What’s Wrong with Louisiana’s Leaky Tax code.” The Tax Policy Center, a thinktank associated with the

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Louisiana Fiscal Reform Act II

Last week, Dr. Jim Richardson, the LSU economics professor, widely acknowledged to be the Dalai Lama of Louisiana fiscal and tax policy and long-standing member of the state’s Revenue Estimating Committee presented a study of Louisiana tax policy. He was

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Louisiana Facing a Budget Battle for the Ages, With National Implications

Louisiana is facing perhaps its worst fiscal crises in decades and this time no one is exaggerating for political rhetoric purposes. I spoke recently to the state’s chief economist, who put it quite bluntly; “We have a $1.6 billion deficit

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Americans for Tax Reform Provides Solutions to Louisiana’s Fiscal Crisis

(Provided that the Legislature is Smart Enough to Understand and Embrace Them) In my last blog post (http://bit.ly/1DLCzAg), I discussed the problems that the Scarlet T (TAXES!) posed for Republicans seeking to avoid catastrophic cuts of $1.6 billion to an

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