Jindal Proposes (Tax) Amnesty in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is a supporter of amnesty -- for the state's delinquent taxpayers, that is.

Jindal proposed a plan in his state in which citizens who had failed to pay their taxes could repay their debt without penalties and only half the interest, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

Jindal, a rumored presidential candidate in 2012 or 2016, will introduce the measure, which could collect as much as $150 million in revenue for his state. Louisiana taxpayers would receive a one year window between July 2009 and June 2010 to take advantage of the amnesty.

Jindal's stewardship of the state economy has been under close watch by observers since rumors of a presidential run have surfaced. Many have speculated whether Jindal, like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), would refuse money set aside for his state in the stimulus package signed into law by President Obama this week.