Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals may include raising the tobacco excise tax. Health officials have suggested raising the tax by a dollar per pack. A study shows raising the tax by that much would raise $223 million a year – that’s almost enough to have closed this year’s $240 million budget gap.
Jindal has said his tax reforms would be revenue neutral, replacing the income tax with higher sales tax.
Former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate and current Chairman of the Public Service Commission Foster Campbell will discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposals for this year's legislative session, and other matters on Mr. Campbell's mind.
A discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, forty years later, with Sally Campbell, former head of the Louisiana Christian Coalition and Reverend Chris Andrews.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana, about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.
Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.