Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards again called on Congress to approve a tax relief package for the State of Louisiana similar to legislation that was approved for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Following the historic floods in 2016, members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation advocated for a similar package to assist businesses and homeowners who were impacted.
“We in Louisiana understand the pain and suffering the victims of these hurricanes are going through, and our hearts break for their loss. However, I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the idea that victims of last year’s historic flooding were left out of this tax relief package from Congress. To the victims in Louisiana that makes absolutely no sense. More than 193,000 homes and businesses were damaged from a no-name storm that dropped 7 trillion gallons of water over South Louisiana in three days. That’s enough water to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times. If that doesn’t call for some sort of tax relief for the people of Louisiana, I don’t know what does. I know members of our congressional delegation have been working on this issue, and I stand ready to work with them and other members of Congress to ensure our people get the relief they need. Congress shouldn’t be in the business of pitting storm victims against one another, but instead, providing adequate support when it’s warranted.”
Last week, Congress approved a tax relief package for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The package was part of the six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. A similar tax relief package was proposed in 2016 by former Congressman Charles Boustany and Congressman Garret Graves to assist homeowners and businesses who were impacted by the August 2016 floods.