Jindal running for President – It was the worst kept secret in Louisiana politics that Governor Jindal would seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Jindal made his announcement yesterday before a small crowd in Kenner.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed HB1, the budget into law and issued line item vetoes. He stated below that the budget is balanced without tax increases, however, there were over 700 million dollars in tax increases. Jindal balanced the budget with a scheme called the SAVE act, which was designed to protect his presidential run, which official begins June 24.
By Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Legislature limps (wimps) to close
As is always expected with the Louisiana Legislature, the battle to craft a $24 billion budget went down to the final hours of the session.
For those who want a really good laugh only days after a grueling legislative session, or for those longing to read a good fictional story to rock yourself to sleep, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office has issued a "Fact Sheet" on the Louisiana State budget. He claims Louisiana has cut government, protected higher education and healthcare.
Officially, the Louisiana budget was balanced with not a second to spare. On Thursday of last week, as the clock ticked, the Louisiana legislature, after a two-month session, finalized the state budget with its $1.6 billion shortfall by raising fees, taxes and by making cuts. The problem, however, appears to be that the fix was merely short-term and the budget solution which begins July 1 2015 might even last until Gov. Bobby Jindal serves his last day in office, mid-January 2016.
Clock is ticketing down at the Baton Rouge Capitol Showdown.
As of this writing, the session has only three hours left until sine die.
The end is near
The Louisiana Legislature wraps up its 2015 session on Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. Ask any legislator, and he or she will say it has not been fun.
Can Louisiana balance its budget involving $1.6 billion deficit with its governor, Bobby Jindal, obviously running for president and threatening a veto and with legislators, mainly in the House of Representatives, threatening to override any veto?
Welcome to the world of Louisiana government "white is black" and "up is down" time. Yep, we’re coming upon the last days of the legislative session. Being $1.6B in the hole, it’s a doozy, if ever one, so much so--it's making me dizzy,with confusion.
It looks as if the SAVE plan will save Louisiana’s stressed fiscal year 2016 budget, thanks to the typical force alignment process seen in the state’s budgetary politics.