But chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee asserts to The Advocate, "nothing is etched in stone"
More information on Bobby Jindal's proposed state sales tax increase and hike in tobacco taxes has been released by an unidentified state lawmaker who received a memo distributed by the Jindal administration.
Jindal wants to raise those taxes to offset the loss of revenue from his proposed elimination of the state income tax.
The Advocate reports that lawmakers received a memo from the Governor in which he proposed raising the state sales tax from the current level of 4 cents per dollar to 6 cents and increasing the tax on cigarettes by one dollar per pack.
The newspaper says one lawmaker took a photograph of the memo before it was collected by representatives of the administration.
The Governor has kept the public in the dark about his proposals, saying only in January that he wanted to eliminate the personal and corporate state income tax.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Joel Robideaux, told The Advocate the memo contained ideas to begin the discussions and not a concrete plan.
“There is nothing etched in stone at this point,” Robideaux told the paper.