Prevent Unjust Changes to Louisiana Tax Laws

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Target: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Goal: Do not eliminate personal and corporate income taxes

Recently, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced plans for tax reform in his state. The basis of the plan is to eliminate all personal and corporate income taxes and to replace the lost revenue to the state by increasing sales tax. This move is designed to help small businesses, but will instead be helping only the top percent of Louisiana taxpayers. The burden for the extra revenue will fall on those who have less income, and therefore pay less income tax, by forcing them to pay extra taxes on needed items such as gas and food. Call on Governor Jindal to put an end to this unfair plan.

While the plan looks to be income-neutral in cutting taxes, the overall result will only cut taxes for the top 1 percent while raising taxes for the bottom 80 percent. Most of the state will be forced to pay hundreds of dollars more per year, while the top 1 percent will have an average tax cut of over $25,000. The plan will save money from income taxes for those at the top, while asking for increased sales taxes from the entire state, regardless of income. Low income families will have the hardest time paying these increased sales taxes, despite what relief they may receive from the income tax reform. As the tax will be increased on necessary items such as food and gas, there will be no way for families who cannot afford the tax to avoid it.

The plan is purported to be neutral and designed to help small businesses. However, the reality is that it will help the top 1 percent of Louisiana taxpayers, at the expense of the middle and lower classes. Governor Jindal has shown preference for the top percent of his state before, as he had previously announced plans to cut state health care and education. This tax plan is clearly preferential to the rich and upper class and needs to be stopped before it hurts the majority of the state.

Sign the petition and add your voice to the cry for fair tax plans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Jindal,

Recently, you announced a tax reform plan that will eliminate personal and corporate income taxes. The plan is supposedly designed to be income neutral and support small businesses. However, the burden for state revenue will be placed on sales tax, which will negatively affect most of the state while providing relief only for the top 1 percent. This plan is proven to be preferential to the upper class and far from neutral.

I ask you not to pass this reform. The people in your state who are already in the low income bracket should not be punished with more taxes while the top percent receive relief. This plan is not neutral and is clearly preferential to the upper class. If you pass this reform, 80 percent of taxpayers in Louisiana will be negatively affected. Do not ignore those 80 percent in favor of the top 1 percent.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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