Sunday, May 24, 2009

Jindal vs. Higher Education. Who wins?

It looks like the debate over higher ed cuts is heating uf in the lege. Apparently some legislators are askng constituents to weigh in --

Proposal to head off massive education cuts faces uncertain fate | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Top Stories | News and Weather for New Orleans |

One House member said voters' reactions to the proposal will be key: a flood of e-mails and phone calls -- for or against the idea -- could determine its fate.

"This will depend on the public outcry," said Rep. Michael Danahay, D-Sulphur.

Sen. Lydia Jackson's bill would affect roughly a quarter of Louisiana taxpayers, most of them wealthy, who take federal itemized deductions on their state taxes. Those taxpayers can now take 65 percent of the deductions, but a 2007 law says they can take 100 percent of them starting with 2009 tax forms.

*WWLTV:* * Proposal to head off massive education cuts faces uncertain fate*

Advertiser: *Lawmakers question Jindal's motives*

*Advertiser: Commentary: Just what is Jindal thinking on higher ed?

*Advertiser: Shaw CEO urges lawmakers to fight higher education cuts

* Witnesses decry cuts *

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