Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Louisiana Gov Jindal vetoes cigarette tax renewal

How refreshing to see a Governor stick to his guns on his no new taxes pledge, even a relatively popular cigarette tax.

In the letter, Jindal explained he vetoed House Bill 591, which would keep an expiring 4-cent per pack cigarette tax in place, because he made a commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana to oppose all attempts to raise taxes.

The bill now goes back to the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers would need a two-thirds vote to override the veto.

If the Legislature votes to override, Jindal would be the first governor to have a veto overruled in nearly two decades.