Covering Louisiana

Jul 6, 2012 2:49 PM by AP

Jindal adviser told about credit rule

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A top official in Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration was notified shortly after the Louisiana revenue department issued a controversial ruling that expanded an alternative fuel vehicle tax credit.

A Jindal spokesman has said the governor didn't know of the ruling until mid-June. But a review of Department of Revenue e-mails by The Associated Press shows Jindal's natural resources secretary and chief legislative lobbyist, Scott Angelle, was told about the ruling on May 1, the day after it was issued.

Jindal rescinded the tax credit expansion after lawmakers complained it could devastate the state budget.

The internal e-mails, obtained through a public records request, also suggest the actual cost of the credit expansion hadn't been determined and that Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges left her job because of the controversy.

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