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The state sales tax increase that went into effect April 1 

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Blame iT ON THE STATE BUDGET CRISIS (and blame that on your politician of choice), but you're now paying 1 cent more for every dollar spent in the Pelican State. Congratulations, Louisiana: Combined with local sales taxes, you now have the highest sales tax rate in the nation. The tax is set to expire on June 30, 2018. It's enough to make you eye Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon, which have no state sales tax.

  If you smoke cigarettes, more bad news: A new 22-cent-per-pack tax makes those smokes a bit more pricey, though our tobacco tax still is low compared to other states. Cigarette taxes are expected to bring $46 million per year into the state economy.

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