If you think you will be paying less taxes just because you don't pay a state income tax anymore, you are craz
Almost any individual that pays income tax will have to spend more on sales taxable purchases than their disposable income to come out behind. Even the poorest income tax payer.
I also own a small business that employs about 30 people and I can't see how I will not come ahead in the business too.
The sales tax falls on a lot more money than does the income tax and it falls on everybody in the state including tourist, drug dealers, and labor working for cash.
As far as cutting education and health care I do not believe that is all that can be cut--I know it isn't (we could cut out the film tax credits and LED altogether and save hundreds of millions). But I think the subsidies to higher ed should be cut. The state pays I think about 36% of the operating budgets of these schools. Texas and South Carolina pay about 16%. I will take a tuition increase for my LSU kid too. Let LSU charge whatever tuition they wish and end the subsidy as far as I am concerned. There is no reason everyone should subsidize the education for my kids.
What is missing in all the press on this subject are the stories about people who wish to make the revenue gap up with cuts. The stories are missing because we have elected a bunch of people who hold the State in higher regard than the taxpayer.