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The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits (property tax caps) to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016. The bill unanimously passes the state Senate.

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Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas

The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.

Bill would exempt Louisiana districts from fuel tax

Under the new legislation, fuel used for school buses operated by municipal and parish school boards would not be subject to the state fuel tax. Currently, contractor-operated school buses in Louisiana qualify for a refund of three-fourths of the fuel tax.

Texas districts see cost savings from propane buses

Dallas County Schools is among the school systems in the state running buses on the fuel, and it reportedly saves about $500,000 annually with the $0.50-per-gallon tax credit. Officials from the Propane Council of Texas say that with the recent extension of alternative-fuel tax credits, districts will be able to save more money this year.

Congress passes alt-fuel tax credit extensions

The fiscal deal passed by Congress this week includes provisions that benefit fleets that use alternative fuels. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Obama, extends tax credits for such fuels as propane, compressed natural gas and biodiesel — all of which power many school buses.

School bus fuel tax exemption preserved

Repeal of the exemption was under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee. The National School Transportation Association called on committee members to defend against the effort, which association officials said “would have been tantamount to imposing a tax increase on private school bus transportation providers.”

School bus operators still eligible for fuel tax exemptions

After some IRS offices challenged operators’ claims of exemptions for smaller school buses earlier this year, the NSTA presented the issue to members of Congress, who asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to clarify the tax policy. Geithner stated that the law does not limit the fuel tax exemption based on size of the bus, and the IRS cases have been dismissed.

Pennsylvania upholds tax-exempt status for buses, parts

Earlier this year, Gov. Edward Rendell proposed to repeal sales tax exemptions for 74 goods and services, including those for school buses and their parts, but the move received little support from the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which took action to oppose the proposal, is prepared for a possible resurgence under a new administration next year.

Bill would cut sales tax on school buses with belts

A proposal to require seat belts on Connecticut school buses was defeated, but legislation that would create a financial incentive for equipping buses with three-point belts was overwhelmingly approved by the House.