Saturday, May 25 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:58:41 GMT
A day after the deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma a Red Cross response team from Lake Charles rolled into ground zero. "We got here on Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning at about 7:30 in theMore >>
A local woman is among a group of Red Cross volunteers from Lake Charles in Moore, Oklahoma. While she's been on many disaster recovery trips she said this one has taking on a personal meaning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:31:47 GMT
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday around 9:08 p.m. Employees told police a blackMore >>
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday at 9:08 p.m.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:18:04 GMT
The Lake Arthur Regatta brought in many people to enjoy the music, food and fun, especially boaters out on the lake. But it's all about keeping this fun time a safe one. "We'll have around 200 volunteersMore >>
Keeping an eye on those having fun on the water. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed tax reform plan will eliminate personal and business income taxes in favor of higher sales taxes. It's a move that Charlie Hinchee, the owner of a local art gallery in downtown Lake Charles, says would kill small businesses.
"I think it will kill off small business," Hinchee said. "I mean, it's not going to affect Wal-Mart or Kmart or any of the large retailers that are out there."
That's because, according to Hinchee, the profit margin for a small business is about 1.5 percent; much smaller than that of a larger or chain business. Hinchee said any loss to that would be detrimental to small businesses like his.
"Large businesses have many profit centers that they can go on and small businesses don't have that," said Hinchee. "I mean, I've got two."
Still, Hinchee believes the proposed plan doesn't address the main issue plaguing state government.
"It doesn't address the real problem which is the budget shortfalls which we keep having year out," he said.
The proposed plan would also increase the sales tax nearly 2 percent to 5.88 percent. Hinchee said that in itself will drive customers away from small businesses and toward online sales and border sales.
"A store like this, you're talking about thousands of dollars, not millions of dollars and that could be the difference between staying open and not," he said.
The proposed plan would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. But Hinchee said a plan like this would only do more harm for the state than good.
"You don't address the debt problem then all you are doing is stalling what you should be doing now to a later date and it won't work," he said.