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Governor wants to drop state taxes

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Governor Bobby Jindal wants to eliminate Louisiana's personal and business income taxes, in exchange for higher state sales taxes and the removal of some tax breaks.

The governor is currently shopping the idea to lawmakers, who will consider it in the regular session that begins in April. In a statement this week, Jindal said eliminating income taxes will "put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families" and make the state more attractive to companies.

This could be characterized as the first look at what the governor is planning to put in his upcoming tax code rewrite.

Governor Jindal, however, in putting out the idea of dropping income taxes didn't say how much sales taxes would need to be raised - or which tax breaks he's proposing to eliminate - to fill the nearly $3 billion gap that would be left by eliminating income taxes.

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