Wednesday, March 20, 2013

No Surprise: Blanco Critical Of Jindal Tax Swap

At a meeting Monday of the Acadiana Press Club in Lafayette, former Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) was highly critical of Governor Jindal's plan to eliminate the state income tax and replace it with a higher state sales tax.

"There doesn't seem to be any motivation to have a benefit to the greater good," Blanco said.

Calling Jindal's plan "a distraction", Blanco said, "The whole state is going into meltdown" over Jindal's proposed tax swap.

Blanco was also critical of the time spent debating the Jindal's plan.

"People are going to be experiencing great frustrations trying to get things done, things that are considered routine."

She added that Governor Jindal needs to "focus a little bit more on the real problems and a lot less on trying to change a tax system that is not broken."

Blanco mentioned that she hoped state legislators would instead spend their energy trying to pursue more Federal Medicaid assistance and find a way to increase teacher pay.

KLFY-TV in Lafayette has the full report here.