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Exempt teachers from income tax, says State Supt. Atkinson

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said Monday she will recommend teachers be exempted from paying income taxes.

The tax exemption for charter school and traditional public school teachers would cost the state $300 million, according to her figures.

The House and Senate budget proposals do not include raises for teachers or state employees. Atkinson said she would not be making the recommendation if the legislature had provided for raises.

The House and Senate will negotiate changes in the state tax code this week. No proposal has included an income tax exemption for teachers.

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