$2 Billion deficit for the state of Louisiana - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

$2 Billion deficit for the state of Louisiana

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - State Senator Ben Nevers proposes a tax increase or delay on tax breaks for middle and upper income taxpayers. This would be to offset new cuts to higher education with a $2 Billion deficit looming in the upcoming fiscal year. But, with such a conservative Louisiana House of Representatives, and a conservative governor, other lawmakers say it will not happen. Instead we are more likely to see the government cut spending like we have not seen in a long time. 

During his time in office, Governor Jindal has made it quite clear how he feels about raising taxes. His office released this statement regarding Senator Nevers proposal. 

"This happens every time we have a budget challenge – folks would rather raise taxes on the hard-working people of Louisiana than make the difficult choices to make government more efficient and give taxpayers better value for their dollars. The Governor won't stand for this. We will fight against attempts at tax increases and force government to live within its means, just like Louisiana families and businesses have to do."

"In FY 2010, we ranked ninth in the country for the amount of state money spent on higher education as a percentage of state taxes. Yet, Louisiana has the second lowest graduation rate in the South. That's unacceptable. The answer isn't more taxes – it's delivering a better value for taxpayer dollars."

"Basically two things are possible, raise taxes or tailor services. Everyone thinks we ought to tailor the other guy's services, and not theirs. I think with this big of a deficit everyone's going to have some tailoring," said State Senator Dan Morrish.

Senator Morrish said his constituents are in favor of Government cutting back, and not for raising taxes.

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