Authors Propose Reforming Louisiana’s Tax System to Solve State’s Economic Woes

November 14, 2018 - Reprinted from the LSU Press

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BATON ROUGE —The central issue debated at each successive legislative session for over a decade, Louisiana’s significant fiscal problems have remained unresolved despite efforts to mitigate the state’s financial woes and avoid cutting key services or resorting to stop-gap solutions. Louisiana created its current tax structure in the 1970s, with some subsequent revisions in response to new economic realities. While many developments in Louisiana’s fiscal picture lie outside the state’s control, other changes including shifting tax rates, shrinking the tax base, and increasing the number of exemptions, deductions, and tax credits, resulted from decisions made by the legislative body. In Exploring Long-Term Solutions for Louisiana’s Tax System, James A. Richardson, Steven M. Sheffrin, James Alm, and other contributors advocate for establishing financial reforms geared to long-term change and more stable fiscal prospects.

With a focus on practicality and accessibility, the authors explore the complexities of Louisiana’s economic reality and explain the state’s current tax structure. In so doing, they suggest several reforms that challenge the state’s use of sales tax, application of the individual income tax, approach to corporate taxation, and allocation of other taxes such as mineral revenues. Crucial for those who want to engage with their representatives, colleagues, and fellow voters on the topic of taxation, this book equips readers with timely information about policy and, more importantly, nonpartisan solutions that could secure a more prosperous future for Louisiana.

James A. Richardson is John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and director of the Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at LSU as well as the editor of Louisiana’s Fiscal Alternatives: Finding Permanent Solutions to Recurring Budget Crises.

Steven M. Sheffrin is executive director of the Murphy Institute and professor of economics at Tulane University.

James Alm is professor and chair in the Department of Economics at Tulane University.

To request a review copy or set up an interview with the author, please contact M’Bilia Meekers at mmeekers@lsu.edu.

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