Bobby Jindal in 2013 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Corporations: Eliminated burdensome business taxes

We have overhauled our ethics laws, revamped workforce development programs, and eliminated burdensome business taxes. Every challenge we have taken on has been about making Louisiana the best place in the world to find a job and raise a family. Our work is starting to pay off.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to La. legislature Apr 8, 2013

On Corporations: We paid companies, via loopholes, to not pay corporate tax

As it stands today, we have over 460 loopholes on the books that make our system complex, volatile and unfair. Under the current system, if you have a lobbyist and lawyer, you have a loophole.

Let me put that a different way. In 2011, we actually went in the hole on corporate income tax by some $76 million. In other words, we actually paid companies through loopholes to not pay corporate income tax.

Think about that--we sent more taxpayer dollars to corporations than they paid in income taxes to the state. At the same time, the average Louisiana family of four paid nearly $2,600 in taxes.

In other words, we actually took money from families and used it to pay companies to not pay corporate income tax. That goes to show you our tax system is unfair and riddled with loopholes and exemptions.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to La. legislature Apr 8, 2013

On Jobs: Not done as long as there are folks who can't find work

Our unemployment rate is 6%, a full 1.6 percentage points below the national unemployment rate. In fact, our unemployment rate has remained well below the Southern and national averages every month since the beginning of the national recession. One of the biggest obstacles we face in helping more Louisianians find work, bringing more people here, and growing our economy is Louisiana's tax code. We can be number one in job growth in the entire country.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to La. legislature Apr 8, 2013

On Tax Reform: Overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes

One of the biggest obstacles we face in helping more Louisianians find work, bringing more people here, and growing our economy is Louisiana's tax code. Our current tax code is complex, unstable and unfair. Our tax system is unfair and riddled with loopholes and exemptions.

That's why my top priority is to overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes. This is our moment to eliminate the income tax and unleash major economic growth and opportunity in our state that will keep our sons and daughters here at home to find jobs and raise a family.

Eliminating income taxes will help make Louisiana the very best place to start a business. This is the best way to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs throughout the state.

Over the last ten years, more than 60% of the 3 million new jobs in America were created by the nine states without an income tax. Over the past decade, states without income taxes have seen nearly 60 percent higher population growth than the national average.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to La. legislature Apr 8, 2013

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