How Did Your State Rep Vote On Tax Orgy Day

We’ve been focusing on the very worst Republicans, ie. the ones who voted for every single tax increase proposal that came up during Thursday’s tax orgy.

But in the interests of public information, we want to let you know which state reps voted for which tax increases so you can hold them accountable in October. Out of the 11 votes, I’m going to exclude 5 that you can make an argument for without being a tax and spend liberal.

Those five are the solar tax credit, the film tax credit, the carryback portion, the cigarette tax, and the out of state income tax credits. Some of those are reigning in obvious corporate welfare schemes, correcting unique to Louisiana tax schemes, and in the case of the cigarette tax it’s arguably a user fee because it’s being used to pay for healthcare.

The rest of the tax votes are indefensible from a conservative standpoint.

First, we need to salute those Republicans who kept their trust to their constituents and stood up for Louisiana taxpayers. These Republican lawmakers only voted for the five (if that many) tax bills that could even be remotely justified:

Stuart Bishop
Richie Burford
Ray Garofalo
Brett Geymann
Johnny Guinn
Bob Hensgens
Valerie Hodges
Paul Hollis
Mike Huval
Barry Ivey
Mike Johnson
Joe Lopinto
Sherman Mack
Jim Morris
Kevin Pearson
J. Rogers Pope
Alan Seabaugh
Lenar Whitney

Special praise for Pearson, Seabaugh, and Whitney who along with Democrat Neil Abramson were the only four to vote for only two of the tax bills. UPDATE: State Rep. Ray Garofalo (R-Chalmette) messaged me on Facebook to let me know that he only voted for two bills, the cigarette tax increase and the out of state tax credit. Our card had him voting for HB 218, which was not the case. I regret the mistake.

As for the rest of the “Republican” delegation, they bowed the wishes of leadership and voted for confiscatory taxes in order to fund a bloated state government. If you want to see how your reps voted, click here. The red is for Republicans, the blue is for Democrats, and italics means they’re term-limited.

October is coming and remember who voted to raise taxes when they ask for your vote.



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