Jindal tax plan stalled as regular session opens

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax rewrite proposal appears in trouble as lawmakers open their regular legislative session Monday.

Jindal wants to get rid of state income taxes, in exchange for hefty sales tax hikes. Lawmakers are stalling the plan until they get their own analysis of who it helps, who it hurts and whether it could worsen the state's budget woes.

The two biggest issues during the two-month fiscal session are taxes and the annual budget, and Republicans and Democrats are criticizing Jindal on both fronts.

Jindal's budget proposal would close a $1 billion gap with patchwork funding criticized by Republicans and the anticipation that LSU's public hospitals would be privatized, an idea opposed by Democrats.

The session begins at noon, with Jindal scheduled to speak to lawmakers an hour later.

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