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Local legislators react to Jindal's proposed tax plan

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will begin sifting through Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed tax reform plan that calls for the elimination of personal and business income tax in favor of a higher sales tax throughout the state. 

Rep. Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, sits on the committee and says it's important that members thoroughly review every detail of the massive tax reform plan. 

"Some of the members have expressed concern to the fact that something this complex and comprehensive, that maybe there needs to be a longer debate period on this," Danahay said.

Rep. James Armes, D-Leesville, sat in on the meeting on Thursday where Jindal discussed, without many details, his proposed plan that would take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

For Armes, the plan is already a no-go. 

"I just need to know the particulars of the plan," said Armes. "From what I've gathered from what he presented, this plan is letting the wealthy off and putting a tax burden on the middle class and poor people."

Louisianans may remember the Stelly Plan of 2002. Proposed by then- state Rep. Vic Stelly of Lake Charles, the plan called for shifting sales taxes on certain items to increase income taxes. Stelly remembers getting praise from Jindal for the success and passage of the plan. 

"Then later, when the politics turned around ... that's when things changed," said Stelly.

Jindal supported the repeal of the Stelly Plan six years later. Stelly weighed in on Jindal's proposed plan: 

"This is going to take a lot of work and a lot of thinking and a lot of adding and subtracting," said Stelly. "All of these exemptions they're talking about has a constituency. It's not just going to be all fun and games doing away with income tax."

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