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Tax Reform (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-03-27

Duration: 00:58:09

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Taxes | Tax reform | SALES TAX | INCOME TAX | Banking Industry


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Henchman, Joseph Interviewee
  • Gray, David Interviewee
  • Drenkard, Scott Interviewee
  • Richardson, Jim Interviewee
  • Curry, Hilda Interviewee
  • Overton, John Interviewee
  • Patterson, Lauri Speaker
  • Stephens, Ralph Speaker
  • Wray, Mary Patricia Speaker
  • Felder, Cassie Speaker
  • Gilbert, Faith Speaker
  • Dussel, Wayne Speaker
  • Brown, Adell, Jr. Speaker
  • Campbell, Leslie Speaker
  • Gilbert, Andy Speaker
  • Hingorani, Vineeta Speaker
  • Crenshaw, Lorin Speaker
  • Overton, John Speaker
  • Simpson, Ryan Speaker
  • Gilbert, Eleanor Speaker
  • Lawson, Jim Speaker
  • Jobert, Frank Speaker
  • Barfield, Tim Panelist
  • Edwards, John Bel Panelist
  • Robinson, Kimberly Lewis Panelist
  • Guidry, Rob Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 27, 2013, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax reform plan, which eliminates the income tax and increases the sales tax. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss: the fairness of taxes in Louisiana; the purpose of taxes; the role of government; and their view of Jindal’s proposed plan. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Tim Barfield, the Executive Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Revenue; State Representative John Bel Edwards; Kimberly Lewis Robinson, a tax attorney with Jones Walker; and Rob Guidry of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. They discuss: their views of the tax reform plan; the proposed tax on services; the impact of the plan on lower income individuals; the proposed rebate program for retirees; the impact of the plan on banks and entrepreneurs; the proposed consolidation of the collection of sales tax for state and local governments; the impact of the plan on education funding; and whether the plan is revenue neutral. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott