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Jindal veto threat puts $282M for Louisiana colleges at risk

3 years 6 months 3 days ago Wednesday, June 10 2015 Jun 10, 2015 June 10, 2015 12:27 PM June 10, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges could face a budget cut of $282 million if Gov. Bobby Jindal carries through on a threat to veto some tax changes lawmakers proposed to balance next year's spending plans.

That's according to Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Hammond Republican, who circulated that information Wednesday to House members, along with a list of how cuts would hit individual campuses.

Jindal is threatening to veto certain tax bills he considers a net tax increase, unless lawmakers find a way to offset them with what he considers a tax cut.

The Senate has agreed to create a tax credit - only on paper - that would satisfy Jindal's terms. But so far, House members have balked, calling the idea a sham.

The legislative session must end Thursday by 6 p.m.

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