I believe it will take much more than just new laws and higher taxes to turn Louisiana around. It will take leaders who understand how to make a budget work effectively - without raising our taxes every time we turn around.
The most disturbing of those unreasonable taxes on our families, is the Stelly Plan. The Stelly Plan was presented to the voters of Louisiana as a "revenue neutral" approach. The reality is that the plan is expected to increase revenue by many millions of dollars. In and of itself, more state revenue is not a bad thing. But much of that revenue has come at the expense of working families.
The truth is that the Stelly Plan is a carefully disguised tax increase that is hurting the very group of people that Louisiana's economy needs most - the middle class. Many of us have seen our state taxes increased by as much as $600.
I continue working to repeal those portions of the Stelly Tax Plan that increase our income taxes. With new, fiscally-conservative colleagues in the House, we have a real chance at reform. Our economy and our families simply cannot afford to endure unreasonably high taxes.