Key piece of budget-balancing plan meets resistance in House

Lawmakers in the House have stalled a key piece of legislation sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal as part of the budget-balancing plan. The bill was designed to allow the governor to maintain his record against tax increases.

The House Ways and Means Committee canceled its planned Monday meeting to consider the bill to create a new higher education tax credit as a complicated way to let Jindal claim he hasn’t raised taxes to close next year’s budget shortfall.

In a statement, Committee Chairman Joel Robideaux said he’ll reschedule the meeting after bill sponsor Sen. Jack Donahue and the Jindal administration answer questions about the legislation.

The Senate has approved the bill. Without its passage, tax changes used to balance next year’s $24 billion budget face a veto threat from Jindal.

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