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Jun 9, 2012 8:57 PM by Sharlee Barriere

Jindal Vetoes Public School Donation Tax Break

Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that would have created a tax rebate for donations to public schools.
House Bill 1106 would have created a tax rebate for those who give to low-performing schools. The size of the rebate would have depended on the school's performance grade.
Jindal wrote in his veto letter Friday that there was no provision in the state budget for the rebates.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D Monroe. She described its rejection as "truly a blow to public education."
The measure was framed as a response to a bill that Jindal already signed, creating rebates for those who donate to nonprofit groups that then provide private school scholarships.
Jindal also vetoed a measure to require evaluations of whether tax breaks to businesses are effective. The governor said requiring state agencies administering tax incentives to prepare reports on the return on investment would be duplicative and burdensome.
Other bills vetoed Friday include measures that would have:

- established increased reporting requirements for the state's Bayou Health and Behavioral Health Partnership programs.

- convened a task force to study wage disparities between men and women in the public sector.

- increased pension benefits for certain parole and probation officers.

- forgiven the debt retirees who are rehired owe to the state retirement systems.

- given the Capital Area Transit System in Baton Rouge greater flexibility in raising fees.


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