Faith community expresses concerns with Jindal's tax plan
POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 5:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Baton Rouge pastor Thomas Bessie said his congregation has been buzzing about Governor Jindal's latest tax plan.
"Everyone who I’ve talked to. Everyone who I’ve talked to within my congregation, social media, in the grocery stores, wherever I have conversations with someone and this topic comes up. Everyone is extremely concerned about it," Bessix shared.
After listening to their concern for weeks, Bessix and others in the state’s faith community felt they couldn't sit by idly , so he joined with a group of other concerned clergy men who brought their concerns straight to the man in charge.
"With a congregation of individuals that are already struggling and the governor coming with a tax plan that will even bring on more pain, it's time for the clergy to stand," Bessix explained.
Several lawmakers share their concerns as well. Representative Ted James worries the governor's plan hits hardest for people who can't afford it.
"We have to make sure we balance the reasonable cuts to the government with increased revenue, it's the only way we're going to get out of this tough economic time is to look at our revenues," James said.
With messages in hand Monday, clergy members of the state shared their thoughts with the governor, their only hope is that he’ll take notice.
" We have not had success in contacting him but I hope he will take in to consideration what we are saying," Bessix said.
Another group of over 200 clergymen fixed their names to a letter to the Governor on Monday which also expressed their concerns with the tax proposal.