Pelican Institute Responds To Passage Of Sales Tax And Special Session Conclusion
NEW ORLEANS — The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute), regarding the conclusion of the third 2018 Louisiana special legislative session and the approval of the sales tax proposal:
“It’s tough to watch our elected officials continue to choose the broken status quo rather than embrace the opportunity to truly stand up for our state's working families. The evidence clearly shows that raising taxes on Louisiana families will lead to fewer jobs and a decline in our state’s economy, which already ranks as the worst in the country. We hope this is a wake-up call for the fundamental changes that are needed to bring jobs and opportunity back to Louisiana.
The only way to truly create a long-term, sustainable and thriving economy is to closely evaluate and consider reforms to our tax structure, while also streamlining our government's spending. We hope our lawmakers will keep this in mind when the next tax increase inevitably comes up for consideration.”