Are state taxes really about to go up? Is that the answer?


the red bayou showDoes raising taxes really solve the state’s problems, or does it further entrench lawmakers in the mindset that when you run out of money, you just go grab more? This week on The Red Bayou Show, Scott McKay and Brian Haldane are joined by Patrick Gleason from Americans for Tax Reform. In this episode both Brian and Scott give separate, yet equally valid reasons for not liking the proposed “clean penny” addition to the sales tax. Patrick then lays out a few ideas of his own as to why Americans for Tax Reform feel that Louisiana Legislators have created the problem they are currently facing. Namely, he talks about how spending got out of control to begin with. Gleason then explains how a strategy of raising taxes doesn’t play well when juxtaposed with what is going on in other states in our region.

Gleason explains ATR’s position by saying that real reform of Government never happens when the prospect of raising taxes is on the table. He adds to his argument by detailing the federal taxes that Louisianans have been burdened with in recent years, especially, those associated with Obamacare.

About author

Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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