Seabaugh On New Sales Tax: ‘We Had the Money. It Was Blackmail’ [VIDEO]
State Representative Alan Seabaugh talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the just completed special legislative session and why he opposed the new sales tax that passed with a two-thirds majority of both houses.
In commenting on the new tax, Seabaugh tells KEEL Listeners that "it's really sad that happened. The Pelican Institute came out with a study that said a half cent sales tax -which is essentially what was passed - was going to cost the state 2,800 jobs. It was unnecessary and the real problem is the perception." Seabaugh says that he fears that the seven-year revenue increase will not only hurt the chances of attracting businesses to the state, but cause many hard working citizens to seek employment outside of Louisiana.
"We're the only southern state with more people moving out than in, "the Shreveport reps continues, "We're the only southern state losing population and coincidentally, the only southern state with a liberal, Democrat governor who keeps raising taxes."