Last year, the Louisiana Legislature and Gov. Bobby Jindal handed out tax cuts that amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, partly as a result of their largess, the state is facing a budget deficit that could reach well over $1 billion.
Lawmakers' response to the crisis? Cut taxes.
As Gannett's Mike Hasten reports here, of the nine bills prefiled thus far for the session that begins in April, seven are either tax cuts or tax credits.