How Louisiana became a tax-hiking outlier in the South

Louisiana is an outlier in the southeast when it comes to tax policy. While most states in the region are cutting taxes, Louisiana is raising them.

Down the Gulf Coast from the Pelican State in nearby Florida, the nation’s third most populous state after California and Texas, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is getting ready to close out his second term having cut taxes every single year since taking office in 2011. In total, he has provided more than $10 billion in relief to Sunshine State taxpayers.

To Louisiana’s west, in Texas, a state that, like Florida, already boasts no income tax, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott enacted a $4 billion two-year tax cut package shortly after taking office in 2015. Moving forward, Abbott has committed to delivering further tax relief in 2019…


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