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“Texas is better than New York, and New York just gave us another excuse to say that,” Abbott, a Republican, said on Thursday, after ads extolling Texas appeared on several media websites.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed sweeping gun-control legislation earlier this week expanding the state’s ban on assault weapons and putting limits on ammunition capacity in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Connecticut.
One ad says in classic Western script: “WANTED: Law abiding New York gun owners seeking lower taxes and greater opportunities.”
Abbott told Reuters the ads are a “way to tweak our liberal friends up in the Northeast.”
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Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical, in-your-face revolutionary who was all about troubling the waters. He was, as one biographer termed him, an “apostle of militant nonviolence.” Martin wasn’t afraid to inflict pain, no more than he shied away from enduring it. But the hurt he brought to America was of the emotional variety—the kind that comes from snatching back the covers on ugly truth and holding up for view a nation’s collective, institutionalized sin and forcing acknowledgement and honest self-reflection.
And let’s be clear: Many who celebrate him now would have condemned him then.
We’ve diminished King’s worldview—a man who, before he was snatched from us in the cruelest of ways, fully engaged what he called the “giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism.” Toward the end of his life, he embarked on his Poor People’s Campaign demanding economic justice and human rights for the poor of every color. And he was a leading antiwar activist who made a stand early against the Vietnam War—taking Congress to task for spending lavishly on war while ignoring the nation’s poor.
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The Tax Policy Center, which found that if Louisiana wanted to maintain its current revenues without income and corporate taxes, it would have to double its sales taxes.
The 2.7 % of people in Louisiana who make more than $250,000 might love the idea of no income tax. But an increase in sales tax would be a huge burden on families already working hard to make ends meet.
Furthermore, according to analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Jindal’s plan will raise taxes on the bottom 80 percent of Louisianans, while cutting them for the richest 1 percent:
80% of Louisianans would see a tax increase from repealing the personal and corporate income taxes and replacing them with a higher sales tax.
The poorest 20% of taxpayers, those with an average income of $12,000, would see an average tax increase of $395 if no low income tax relief mechanism is offered.
The middle 20%, those with an average income of $43,000, would see an average tax increase of $534.
The largest beneficiaries of the tax proposal would be the top 1 percent—a group with an average income of well over $1 million. Louisianans in the top 1 percent would see an average tax cut of $25,423.
New Orleans, La. – April 15 may still be a few months away but some qualified New Orleans residents can receive free tax preparation on Saturday as part of Super Tax Day.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc., is partnering with the United Way and Total Community Action to provide free tax prep services and information on the Earned Income Tax Credit to eligible residents. The kick-off event will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at TCA’s headquarters at 1420 S. Jeff Davis Parkway.
For those qualified residents who aren’t able to take part in the Super Tax Day event, free tax assistance will be provided from Jan. 30 through April 15 at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites. These VITA sites are located throughout the New Orleans metro area. More information on locations and times can be found at http://www.unitedwaysela.org/eitc or by calling 2-1-1.