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|Music to our ears|
The most important point Gov. Bobby Jindal made last week when he launched his "Building a Better Louisiana for Our Children" tour concerned taxes.
Appearing in Monroe to kick off a state-wide campaign to promote Louisiana as a place to raise a family and pursue a career, Jindal acknowledged that the state faces some difficult times ahead in light of declining tax revenues. Of course, the decline in tax revenues for state government can be attributed to a lackluster economy in Louisiana as well as across the country.
Jindal pointed out that some public officials and special interest groups would like to see the state Legislature embrace a tax increase or increases when it meets next year. An increase in taxes would be needed for the Legislature to sign off on a budget that provides for the same level of services that the state provides for its residents today. Remember, officials say the state faces a $2 billion revenue shortfall for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That's assuming the Legislature intends to fund state government at a level comparable to the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
Yet, Jindal will have none of it. In other words, he made it clear in his remarks in Monroe last week that a tax increase or increases is out of the question.
That was music to our ears.
We feel pretty certain, though, that our friends on the Left who long for the day when government controls every aspect of our lives did not appreciate Jindal's hard line against raising taxes. No, the Left—better known as big government advocates—would have us believe that we're missing out on much in life as long as government does not control every aspect of it. Regardless of the costs.