BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor Bobby Jindal’s hopes of repealing the income tax and pushing through a large tax plan overhaul have been stalled once again.
The House Ways and Means Committee came together Monday morning, set to hear over two dozen bills that would repeal corporate and personal income tax, corporate franchise tax and set a price hike on cigarettes. But before the bills could even be discussed their authors volunteered to take them off the table for now.
"I am going to continue to talk to members of the committee first and then members of the body as well, and then with the administration and see if we can come up with a definite decision on how we want to proceed. I think this is real early in the session so we still have a long time to go," explained Representative Hunter Greene.
Greene had authored a bill that would phase out the corporate income tax over the next 10 years.
The house committee room was packed with several from the community who opposed the repeal of income tax as well. They applauded lawmakers for deferring those bills for now.
Greene said he might still bring up the bill later in the session, but many on the committee have already explained that they don't want to see these bills again this session.