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Web letter: Let Kruse seek truth on tax abatement forms

State Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, wants a law to make public school teachers tell the truth, a disingenuous piece of nonsense that utterly fails to conceal the fact that his objective is to sabotage science education in Indiana.

If Kruse really wants “to establish truth” (an old campaign slogan of his), then he should focus on the laughably inadequate forms that Indiana businesses receiving tax abatements have to file every year to report compliance with their employment and salary targets.

It’s perfectly legal to lie on these forms. Yes, a company’s agent has to certify that the reported information is true, but without using the magic words “under penalty for perjury,” which could land the signer in jail if he or she fibs.

“Truth in education” is Kruse’s untruthful label for his mischievous proposal to harass our teachers; but neither he nor anyone else in the legislature has shown the backbone to demand truth from the businesses that benefit so lavishly from tax abatements.

MICHAEL WALTER Auburn City Councilman

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