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Louisiana Governor Unveils Tax Package

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Helping to set the stage for her legislative agenda, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has unveiled a $120 million tax package to pay for her plan to raise teacher salaries.

In a speech April 11 to the Baton Rouge Press Association, the first-term Democrat said she would increase taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and video poker to fund her plan to give each public school teacher in Louisiana a salary increase of about $1,000.

The proposed tax increase of 50 cents per pack alone would raise about $88 million, she estimated.

“We’ve put a lot of pressure on [teachers] and they are producing positive results,” she said in her speech. “I want a meaningful raise for them this year—even in these tough budget times. Our hardworking teachers deserve it.”

Louisiana’s 2005 legislature opens April 25.

Vol. 24, Issue 32, Page 20

Published in Print: April 20, 2005, as Louisiana Governor Unveils Tax Package

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