While there are those that argue that Louisiana’s generous solar energy tax credits should be mended, Jindal would seem to think it needs to be ended now along with a few others. Of theseveral bills prefiled that address tax exceptions, around the theme of eliminating non-productive ones, some, like state Sen. Danny Martiny’s SB 231, stand alone in getting rid of this tax credit by 2020. Others, like state Rep. Roy Burrell’s HB 444, go after several of the most wasteful, and in a quicker fashion (end of 2015 in this case) if they cannot prove they are cost-effective.
This greedy bunch defends this by bleating that jobs are created without ever addressing the blatant removal of the people’s money to their private coffers. Special interest shills also try to compare these subsidies to the much larger tax breaks granted to oil companies, as if this constitutes an exoneration of these. Assuming the oil breaks don’t serve the state’s interest, this is akin to the logic in World War II war crimes trials where defenses were mounted for soldiers accused of massacring a few civilians that they should be set free because much larger systematic exterminations of human beings were ongoing by the same regime that instead deserved any punishment. That doesn’t fly: you’re not a little dead, you either are or you aren’t.