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CABL recommends phase-in for Jindal tax plan

Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 11:55 AM

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A government watchdog group says Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax plan should include a "margin of error" factor so the state doesn't end up facing new budget shortfalls.

The Council for A Better Louisiana also suggests that if lawmakers agree to the tax system revamp, it should be phased in over time rather than take effect all at once.

Jindal wants to eliminate state income taxes for individuals and businesses. In exchange, he wants to raise state sales taxes and tobacco taxes, to charge sales taxes on an array of new items and to scrap some existing tax breaks.

The Republican governor says the proposal would be "revenue neutral," not generating any additional money or costing the state any lost revenue.

But questions have been raised about whether the numbers balance.

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