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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

"We will veto any tax increases period," said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal when asked about a cigarette tax increase back  in June of 2011.

Now his office says he is considering it a cigarette tax increase, but they also say the idea behind the increase is different this time around.

An e-mail from one of his aides said, "we've always said that we would be fine if it was done in a revenue neutral way, and we are willing to consider this and other changes as part of a larger effort to eliminate the income tax in a revenue neutral way."

That means Jindal would support tax hikes that do not increase the amount of money the state collects. Instead, it would shift it. Smokers would pay more for a pack of cigarettes, but Louisiana residents would pay less in taxes somewhere else- like the state income tax.

In 2011 the proposed tax was meant to increase revenue to help pay for healthcare services.

Smokers would pay more for a pack of cigarettes, but Louisiana residents would pay less in taxes somewhere else- like the state income tax.

No official proposals have been made at this time. The Louisiana Legislators 2013 Session starts in April.

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