VICTORY AT THE STATE CAPITOL: REPUBLICANS WIN EDWARDS INCOME TAX FINALLY DEFEATED

House Republican leaders held firm on Thursday and defeated Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards' gigantic income tax hike one last time. Congratulations to Speaker Taylor Barras, Republican Delegation Chairman Lance Harris and all of the House Republicans who opposed the tax.

Be sure to call or email your legislators to tell them how happy you are that the income tax was defeated, and be sure to say "thank you" if they opposed the bill.

Governor John Bel Edwards, who just 6 months ago ran on "honor code" and "no new taxes" themes, never met a tax he didn't hike--until Father's Day 2016 when he took a whipping from House Republicans. Afterwards, he met with individual House members one-on-one, applying intense pressure to switch them in time to pass the huge income tax increase by the midnight deadline on Thursday when the Legislature had to adjourn. Edwards' allies intended to amend HB 50 on the Senate floor, but threw in the towel on Thursday afternoon when House Republicans refused to go along.

Thank you, House Republicans, and the awesome members of the Louisiana Senate who opposed tax increases this year.

Posted on June 24, 2016 .