Articles written by: Trent Hill

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Smoker’s Tax Burns Hole in Louisiana Wallets

As most everyone knows by now, the federal smoker’s tax went up last week. The tax charged to cigarette manufacturers went up from 39 cents per pack to $1.01. Large cigars are now taxed 40 cents each, up from 5 cents. Pipe-tobacco taxes rose from $1.10 to $2.83. The tax […]

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Taxing Fun

Louisiana Representative Robert E. Billiot, a Democrat from District 83 in Jefferson Parish, recently withdrew his bill which was designed to imposed a 1-percent sales tax on televisions and video game equipment. That money would have gone toward building playgrounds and fighting childhood obesity. Here is another example of a […]

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Income Growth in Louisiana

Preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis revealed that personal income growth slowed in 2008. In Louisiana, personal income growth slowed to 4.2 percent in 2008, a virtual crawl compared to 10.2 percent in 2007. Of course the decline is not limited to Louisiana, as personal income […]

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State Treasurer John Kennedy on Louisiana’s Budget

In a recent speech to the Houma Rotary Club, Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy has called for the state government to cut the fat out of the budget. In Kennedy’s opinion, the state government has more than enough money to cover the basic government services that are absolutely needed. “We […]

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Bobby Jindal on Encouraging Growth in Louisiana

Bobby Jindal has recently been in the national news for his opposition to the stimulus plan and his threat to reject large portions of the stimulus plan. But he acknowledges that there is a problem with the economy and that government can do something–Back Off. A couple of days ago, […]