Friday, 17 April 2015 16:07

Louisiana tobacco tax up in vapor, Demos hype IBM letter, crawfish and taxes, Earthday

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earthday  The Louisiana Democratic Party has taken a shot at Republican Governor Bobby Jindal over the religious liberty legislation he supports.  Here is an email from this morning the party blasted:


Adding insult to the injury of his $1.6 billion budget disaster, Gov. Bobby Jindal is now aggressively stepping on our state’s tourism revenue and attacking leading-edge job creators like IBM in his delusional efforts to shore up his national profile with the extreme right. IBM is presently on track to bring over 1,200 quality jobs to Louisiana at a time when our unemployment is the third highest in the nation. When their company voiced serious concerns about the right-wing efforts to enshrine discrimination into state law, Gov. Jindal responded with the same disingenuous condescension and outright dishonesty that has been the hallmark of his tenure as our governor-in-absentia.

Gov. Jindal’s efforts to deliberately mislead critics of the discrimination bill, and to dismiss any clear-eyed assessment of both the language and the intent of the legislation, are part of a broader effort to shift the focus away from the unprecedented disaster his financial mismanagement and irresponsible, reckless policies have created for Louisiana families. By attempting to deflect the legitimate concerns of the business community with flagrant distortions of fact, Gov. Jindal again demonstrates a willful disregard for the economic realities facing a state he purports to lead.

“The taxpayers of Louisiana are desperate for quality jobs with a future, and for a business-friendly environment that promotes investment from outside the state,” said Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Senator Vitter, Scott Angelle and the rest of the GOP legislators supporting this bill are pushing an exclusionary, divisive policy at a time when Louisiana families can least afford it.”


While Louisiana attempts to plug its state budget with tobacco tax, those revenue opportunities might be vaporizing. 

"According to the USA today, "Use of e-cigarettes surpasses traditional kind among students" 

The use of electronic cigarettes among middle and high school students in the United States has surpassed the use of traditional ones for the first...


The Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Louisiana will hold its second annual Crawfish Boil this Saturday, April 18, where hundreds of activists will gather to hear from a wide array of speakers about the future of our state's tax system.
Speakers will include author and media personality Bill Whittle, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, and former Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landry. AFP Foundation-Louisiana State Director Phillip Joffrion will also be joined by Americans for Prosperity Foundation Vice President Jennifer Stefano. The group said additional speakers may be added in the coming days.
"This event is an opportunity for our top volunteers to come together and hear from leaders in our organization and the movement about how economic freedom could improve lives in Louisiana. We'll discuss how Louisiana's tax system is set up and how it may be improved to make us more competitive with surrounding states.
This event will take place rain or shine outside the organization's Baton Rouge field office.
Event Details:

AFPF-Louisiana Crawfish Boil
Saturday, April 18, 12-4 PM
7814 Office Park Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 at Palmer Park in New Orleans on Saturday, April 18th, 11 am to 7:30 pm!



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