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BATON ROUGE, La. – Americans for Prosperity-Louisiana (AFP-LA) released a statement Friday after legislators voted to approve a sales tax increase, which will now be up for debate in the Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve three different sales tax increases on Wednesday.
AFP-LA State Director John Kay released the following statement:
“Even before the regular session, the overwhelming narrative was how legislators needed to raise revenue to fix our budget deficit. The idea of government living within its means was never a serious idea, proven when the governor vetoed HB 321, limiting budget transparency.
“Once tax-and-spend appropriators wrangled more money from Louisianans, there was no way they’d turn off the spigot. If only legislators worked as hard on fulfilling their promise of enacting tax reform as they have been on trying to raise taxes these special sessions, taxpayers would be rejoicing instead of feeling burnt by the legislators sworn to represent their interests.”