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TIP survey finds Louisianans concerned about jobs, economy

A group opposing Governor John Bel Edwards tax plan has paid for a poll that shows a majority of Louisiana residents are concerned about the economy and oppose higher taxes on businesses.

Truth in Politics Executive Director Kelli Bottgher says respondents listed jobs and the economy as their top concerns.

“I think the fact that 70 percent said employment is scarce or hard to get is because they have firsthand experience with it. They either know somebody or are somebody that can’t find a job,” Bottgher said.

Bottgher says respondents also oppose tax hikes on businesses, with over half saying they do not support the governor’s proposed Commercial Activity Tax. She says 60 percent also say they expect business conditions to stay the same or get worse in the next 6 months.

“It’s hard when you continue to propose taxes, as our governor is doing, to really get the economy moving and going, and so we’re going to see fewer and fewer jobs, which has been the trend before,” Bottgher said.

Bottgher says the public does not want to see their taxes go up anymore. The survey finds 80 percent say government spends too much, taxes too high, or both. She says 75 percent of respondents also oppose a 23 cent hike on the state’s gasoline tax.

“When we raised the gas tax decades ago, that money wasn’t used for what it was said it would be used for, and there’s not a whole lot of faith that the governor is going to take this money and actually repair infrastructure,” Bottgher said.


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