LSU and Southern University leaders are publicly backing legislation to delay a state income tax break they say could offset much of the proposed budget cuts to colleges.
LSU System President John Lombardi is promoting the plan in public service announcements during time donated by local radio stations. Michael Martin, chancellor of the main LSU campus, promoted the legislation — Senate Bill 335 — during a Friday luncheon with Forum 35, a young Baton Rouge professionals group.
Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere said the plan is a retroactive tax increase during a recession. Gov. Bobby Jindal stated he “would veto any legislation that delays tax relief for Louisianians.”