Capitol Views by Maginnis: Panel backs rebates for public school donors
If the state is going to offer rebates to donations for private school tuition, it only seemed fair to offer a similar break for contributions to public schools. The House Ways & Means Committee passed along House Bill 1106 today, which would give a rebate worth 75% of the donation to an "F"-rated school and 50% for gifts to a "D"-rated school. The bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, was filed in response to a bill that would give rebates on contributions to nonprofit organizations offering private school scholarships to low-income public school students. That bill is in conference committee. "We felt it was something we could do for public schools," said committee Chairman Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette. The measure was amended to specify donations be used for instructional materials, tutorial programs, in-school childcare programs or remediation programs for failing schools. The bill passed without objection. "I wish you would hear all my bills," Jackson told the committee. Read the full column here for additional coverage on the capital outlay and budget bills.
(John Maginnis will publish a daily update throughout the legislative session on Daily Report PM. The report is also available to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers on the Subscribers Only page at LaPolitics.com. Registration is available on the homepage.)
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is providing a daily video update featuring highlights of the session, which you can see beginning at 6 p.m. here.
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