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Press Club comedy: Jindal touts his budgets as Louisiana Governor

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today was asked, among other issues, about his ability to get along with the Louisiana legislature  given the budget problems that the state has encountered over the past years since he has been governor.  The question and Jindal's response occurred Thursday morning during Jinndal's interview at the National Press cCub. Jindal, made these comments after the following question:


QUESTION: This questioner says that as governor, you've had problems striking a budget deal in Louisiana and have had plenty struggle with legislators in your own party, how does that bode with how you would work with Congress, if you were elected president?

JINDAL; The reality is that we've actually balanced our budget eight years in a row without raising taxes. With had eight credit upgrades, we've actually cut our state budget 26%, we've got over 30,000 fewer state bureaucrats, than the day off took office.

I don't think that anybody's cut more spending anywhere, anytime, anyplace. I think that's a great example for what we need to do in DC. We've always passed our budget before the end of the session, we've already pass a budget before the start of the fiscal new year, we've never done these, unlike DC, we don't play these games, we don't kick the can down the road, and yet we've fought for our principles, and yea we've said that we'd veto any budget that includes tax increases.

I think that folks are looking for a president who will stand up and fight with Congress, with the left, with the media for our conservative principles, the results speak for themselves.  Not only in Louisiana that with had eight credit upgrades, we've also now, a number top 10 state for private sector job creation, we've got more people working in Louisiana that  ever before, earning a higher income than ever before, our per capital income ranking is as high as it has been, ever, in our state's history. So, I think that it shows that when you cut the government some, you can grow the real world, the American economy. Now in DC, with got you many Republicans who aren't willing to fight. They want to go along, to get along. That's not the kind of governor. I've been, that's not the kind of president I will be, I think that's what voters are looking for.

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OK, time for the joking to stop.  Is Jindal being serious about what he is telling the nation's media?   

Anybody half asleep, or awake over the past seven-plus years, who cares to be the least-bit honest will admit the following--Jindal's budgets have been a joke.  He has passed budgets by using all types of one-time money reliance schemes, raiding dedicated funds and even passing a phony tax credit to disguise the largest tax increase on business in Louisiana history.  Almost every budget since 2008 has resulted in emergency mid-year cuts.  His most recent "balanced budget" won't last the months left during his remaining lame duck term.

Perhaps since he has been so focused upon Donald Trump, the Middle East, Planned Parenthood and attending highschool dances in Iowa, he has failed to keep up with the disaster he has left the state.

Here are just some of the comments found in recent media:


"Gov. Jindal should be doing this now. I'll do it the minute I'm sworn in. We need to break out of this never-ending cycle of budget chaos and cuts to vital areas like higher (education)," Vitter said in the statement.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and state legislators were all smiles when they passed the state budget in June, saying they had ended Louisiana’s worst budget crisis in 25 years and averted deep spending cuts to LSU, UNO and other colleges and universities that the public opposed.

But less than three months later, the budget already is beginning to bleed red ink, and programs for those institutions are again at risk.

Legislators and Jindal are facing calls that they act without delay to make the cuts needed to bring the budget back into balance as required under the state constitution — rather than take the politically easy way out by passing the buck to the next governor and Legislature.



Louisiana lawmakers -- a mere six weeks into the current state budget cycle -- are already being forced to cut $4.6 million from higher education and other state services.

At first blush, the figure seems trivial given the state's $25 billion budget, yet what's troubling is that it's likely a sign of additional financial cuts to come. Dropping oil prices, coupled with concerns new taxes and fees bills might not actually generate the initially advertised dollars, mean the state's budget projections are unusually shaky this year.

"This one is going to be a little more touch-and-go than normal this fiscal year," Greg Albrecht, the Legislature's chief economist, said Friday (Aug. 14) at a state financial meeting. 

The bulk of the $4.6 million in cuts falls on higher education, despite legislators naming college and university funding as their top priority during the session. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said the Louisiana Board of Regents learned of the budget reductions on Friday.




The AP has just reported that the Louisiana legislature and the new governor will be facing more budget cuts that racked the spring session.  Last year, the State of Louisiana was faced with a $1.6B deficit which resulted in over $700M in tax increases along with a bogus tax credit enabling Governor Bobby Jindal to keep his “no-tax” pledge to Grover Norquist.

However, even though Jindal no longer in the Governor’s mansion, his legacy of budget gimmicks lives on.  A top legislator is looking to using one of the Jindal's gimmicks to deal with next year’s mess—using one time money.

Only two months after a difficult budget-balancing session, state lawmakers Friday got their first official glimpse of the shortfall they already face for next year: $713 million.

News of a horizon filled with future budget gaps wasn't unexpected for the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

The $25 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 contains about $550 million in patchwork financing that isn't expected to be available a year later, accounting for much of the projected gap forecast for the 2016-17 budget year.

The shortfall also assumes inflationary increases in health care, retirement and salary costs that lawmakers don't always choose to fund.



The budget is full of one-year fixes that will lead to problems next year, as legislators cut spending, scaled back business tax subsidies and raised the state cigarette tax. In all, the Legislature raised about $720 million in new revenue for next year, but most of the tax measures will last for only one or three years, to satisfy demands from powerful business lobbies.

In passing the budget, legislators from the House and Senate settled disputes on the final day by increasing cigarette taxes by 50 cents per pack, providing extra money for K-12 public schools and taking some $70 million from various state reserve funds.

Passage of the SAVE fund was crucial because Jindal was virtually certain to veto the budget and the tax measures that would fund it if the Legislature hadn’t approved the measure, which was contained in Senate Bill 93.

It was approved on a 59-44 vote after supporters cut off debate. Republicans provided nearly all of the “yes” votes. The Senate vote was 30-9.


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