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Jindal increases proposed sales tax hike

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has made changes to his tax revamp proposal and will push to boost state sales taxes even higher than already announced to make the numbers balance.

Jindal's proposal would increase the state sales tax from 4% to 6.25%, rather than the 5.88% previously discussed.

Administration officials announced the change Thursday evening.

The dollars generated by the sales tax hike would be used to help offset the elimination of the state's personal and business income taxes, as Jindal recommends.

The Republican governor's goal is to keep the entire tax swap "revenue neutral," so that the state doesn't lose or gain money under a tax restructuring.

Lawmakers will consider the proposal in the legislative session that begins April 8.

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