New poll shows nearly 2/3 of Louisianans think more taxes unnecessary

WASHINGTON– On Thursday, May 4, Americans for Tax Reform, along with state legislators and state and local taxpayer groups, will hold a press conference at the Louisiana state capitol at 2:00 P.M. central time to denounce "temporary" tax proposals.

"Gov. Foster signed our Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which states \’I, Mike Foster, will oppose any and all efforts to raise taxes,\’" said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "Foster promised the 4.3 million citizens of Louisiana that he would not raise their taxes but he doesn\’t care about that now.  I have decided to come down here to remind him about it." 

The "temporary" tax proposals would increase the sales tax by one half cent, increase taxes on beer and spirits by 25 percent, and increase riverboat gaming taxes from 18.5 percent to 23.5 percent.

Results from a recent poll conducted by Southern Media & Opinion Research showed that almost 2/3rds of the registered voters in Louisiana thought raising taxes was unnecessary.

     What:  Press Conference Denouncing "Temporary" Tax Proposals

     Who:  Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform, Buddy Amoroso of Louisianans for Tax Reform, Fred Dent of Tax Busters, and State Representative Mike Futrell

     When:  Thursday May 4, 2000 at 2:00 PM Central Time

     Where:  Louisiana State Capitol, Committee Room