Jindal says he’d veto budget tied to tax break suspensions

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won’t support any legislative effort to temporarily suspend tax breaks to drum up quick cash to patch together next year’s budget.

The Republican governor said Thursday he’s told lawmakers that he would consider the move a tax increase and he would veto a budget dependent on it. He equated the proposals to “games or loopholes.”

But Jindal says he thinks lawmakers will find a longer-term solution to the state’s $1.6 billion budget shortfall, with tax changes and spending reductions.

Lawmakers looking for ways to stop deep cuts to health care and colleges have filed an array of proposals to generate money. Two dozen proposals are temporary tax break suspensions that could provide a short-term fix to balance the budget if no broader agreement is reached.

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