Ignoring the caterwauling protests of Governor Earl Long, the Louisiana house of representatives last week left ol' Earl's incendiary tax proposals (TIME, July 2) in ruins. Rejected by the legislators: Long-backed measures to boost state levies on sulphur, natural gas and pari-mutuel betting. Scheduled for similar treatment: an administration bill increasing taxes on timber and pulp.

With most of his program gone with the Baton Rouge wind, Earl Long was still ready and willing to play with fire to get his way: if his timber tax bill failed to pass, he warned, he might veto a measure appropriating funds...

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