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Jindal’s tax swap may be dead, but not the income tax repeal; Is New Orleans the next great innovation city?

However, Jindal was adamant that the Legislature pass the centerpiece of his proposal: the repeal of the state income tax. “Send me that [income tax] bill … We must not leave this session without getting that work done.” 

Blogger C.B. Forgotston basically anticipated the current situation back in January when he wrote:

Jindal will strongly push for the repeal of the income taxes. However, he is going to leave the job of replacing the revenues ($3 Billion) on a “revenue-neutral” basis to the leges. In other words, Jindal is leaving the heavy lifting to the leges.

Rep. Cameron Henry seems to agree. The Metairie Republican, who is part of the conservative Fiscal Hawk caucus, wasn’t impressed with the thrust of Jindal’s speech: “It doesn’t bode well for a governor’s leadership skills just to, in essence, kind of throw his hands up and say, ‘I don’t want to have anything to do with it but if it passes I’ll take credit for it.’”

Now the ball is fully in the Legislature’s court. The Black Caucus has offered its own “tax swap” plan; Fiscal Hawks have proposed closing loopholes to underwrite tax cuts. (By the way, “Budget Reform Coalition” is the official name of the Fiscal Hawks contingent.) Is there room for a legislative compromise between these factions? State Treasurer John N. Kennedy stepped up with his own proposal yesterday as well.

My take: The Legislature holds Jindal’s political future in its hands. If lawmakers repeal the income tax, or even phase it out, then Jindal could later sell that “success” to a national audience. If they can’t agree on an income tax repeal, it’s difficult to see how he could market himself successfully for a 2016 presidential run.

On one hand, Landrieu is technically correct.  This buck actually does stop with Gusman, who manages OPP.  On the other hand, the issue is a bit more complicated than that.  Gusman didn’t create the inhuman monster of OPP, he just inherited it from his predecessor, the irrepressible Sheriff Foti-stien.

The company has asked [Judicial District Judge Wilson] Fields to allow its suit to be combined with the one filed last week by The Advocate, which is also represented by [the same firm]. LSU’s lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, has told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune he does not object to the suits being combined. … Andrea Gallo, editor of the Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, has also filed suit over the university’s refusal to reveal the list of finalists. But the student paper has not moved to consolidate its case with the others.

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.