Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the individual income tax and reform Louisiana’s tax code is a strong step towards improving the state’s economic competitiveness and returning tax dollars to Louisiana citizens and businesses (“Jindal says tax plan still being prepared,” The Advocate, Feb. 15).

The state’s current tax code is overly complex, creating high administrative costs for the government and high compliance costs for businesses and individuals.

What the proposal needs to avoid is a system that allows the government to choose winners and losers. A tax system filled with tax increases on targeted items such as tobacco or subsidies for certain businesses, however, is not sound policy. A system that lowers rates across the board, like much of Jindal’s proposal, would spur economic growth.

Matthew Glans, senior policy analyst

The Heartland Institute

Chicago, Ill.