Advocates of expansive Louisiana government argue for tax increases at the center of recent budget debates by alleging the state has relatively low taxes. The hard numbers suggest otherwise.
For example, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards has touted a report by the Tax Foundation that places Louisiana in the bottom ten of tax burden, measured by taxes paid to state and local governments as proportion of total state income for filers. Additionally, others point out the state’s “tax freedom day” tied for the earliest, computed by the Foundation by taking all federal, state, and local taxes and dividing them by the