Bobby Jindal Pulls Tax Plan After Outcry

Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) is pulling a plan to replace the income and corporate tax with a new sales tax amid an outcry from groups ranging from clergy to business lobbyists. 

“I realize that some of you think I haven’t been listening. But you’ll be surprised to learn I have been,” Jindal will say in an address to the state legislature, according to prepared remarks released to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “And here is what I’ve heard from you and from the people of Louisiana — yes, we do want to get rid of the income tax, but governor you’re moving too fast and we aren’t sure that your plan is the best way to do it.”

Jindal’s about-face is a difficult blow given that he made the tax proposal a centerpiece of his second term agenda.