Why wait? Monday, Oct 26 2015
Taxpayer sticker shock!
Congratulations to all of the leges who will be sworn in on January 11, 2016.
As of Saturday night, all, but a handful of the lege seats have been filled. You leges have major fiscal problems to address and very little time to do it.
At least 2/3s of the leges have served for some or all of the two terms of Bobby Jindal during which time they created the state’s massive fiscal problems and ignored them.
Because taxes cannot be increased during the 2016 Regular Session, both gubernatorial run-off candidates have promised a special session before the Regular Session to address the revenue needs. Those needs are for the FY15 deficit and the FY16 and FY 17 revenue shortfalls and exceed $1 Billion.
There are only 63 calendar days from January 12 until the Regular Session begins on March 14.
That’s not much time to develop a plan, gather the necessary lege votes, issue the session call (5 days in advance), and meet for a maximum of 30 calendar days to produce over a billion dollars in new revenues through tax hikes and cuts to existing programs.
If the leges truly represent us, they need our input. Start now instead of waiting until the first day of the Special Session to spring the bad news on us when we don’t have time to determine the impact and react.
After blind-siding us with $800 Million in tax and fee increases this summer on the last day of the session, followed by a massive extortion plan to raise money by the Office Of Motor Vehicles we citizens deserve some transparency.
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