Gov. Bobby Jindal

The Lens
11:28 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Lens: Critics Say Governor Jindal Should Stay Closer To Home

Gov. Bobby Jindal
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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has recently been traveling around the nation in his role as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

But, on the heels of a stinging political defeat of one of his close allies in a northeast Louisiana congressional race, the governor is facing calls to re-engage with Louisiana residents and elected officials, instead of traveling around the country pursuing what many suspect are his presidential ambitions. 

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Latest News
9:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Jindal Names 3 To Levee Board That Sued Oil Companies

Gov. Bobby Jindal has named three new members to a Louisiana flood control board that filed a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies over damage to coastal wetlands.

Jindal had made clear that anyone who supported the suit would not be re-appointed to the nine-member Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

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Hurricane Season
2:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gov. Jindal Declares State Of Emergency In Preparation For Tropical Storm Karen

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to come ashore over the weekend along the Gulf coast.

The declaration authorizes the state Office and Homeland Security and other state agencies to activate emergency plans for the tropical storm's possible impact on Louisiana parishes.

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Politics
8:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

The Lens: Jindal's Use Of Rainy Day Fund May Leave Next Governor Dry

Governor Bobby Jindal vowed not to raise taxes, of any type. Instead, he has maintained the budget with spending cuts, meaning deep cuts in areas like higher education and health care.

Tyler Bridges — a reporter at The Lens, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom — has been looking into another way the governor has been able to balance the budget. Bridges says Jindal has largely drained public funds for economic development, taking hundreds of millions from the Rainy Day fund and the so-called "mega-development" fund.

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WRKF
5:06 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Budget Passed, Legislature Adjourns for the Session

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 8:59 am

In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers have passed a $25.4 billion budget compromise to finance the state for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Senate approved the deal with a 38-1 vote. The House voted 104-0 Thursday and the deal has Gov. Bobby Jindal’s backing.

The budget includes a $69 million increase for local school districts and teachers sought by House Democrats. To address concerns of House Republicans, lawmakers cut down the use of one-time financing for recurring expenses. 

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WRKF
12:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Interviews: Political Consultant, Pollster & Demographer Elliot Stonecipher

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 10:50 am

Jim talks with Shreveport area pollster, demographer and political consultant Elliot Stonecipher, about his long career and about the political future of Governor Bobby Jindal.

NOLA.com reporter Chelsea Brasted talks about efforts to save and restore the historic Lincoln Theater, in Old South Baton Rouge.

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WRKF
8:59 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Jindal Promises Continued State Funding for Vouchers

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 9:10 am

The State Supreme Court has ruled that the state can't pay private school tuition through the same funding channel as it uses to support public schools.

Now, Gov. Bobby Jindal is going to have to find another way to keep the voucher program going.

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Education
2:19 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

La. Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has been a proponent of school vouchers.
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The Louisiana Supreme Court handed Gov. Bobby Jindal a loss today: It agreed with a lower court that his method of funding private school tuition through vouchers was unconstitutional.

For the past year, explains the AP, Jindal's administration has used "money earmarked for public schools in the state's Minimum Foundation Program to pay for private school tuition."

In a 6-1 vote, the court decided the funding mechanism was unconstitutional.

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WRKF
11:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Interviews: Louisiana Department of Revenue's Douglas Baker

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:09 am

Comedienne, author and colorectal cancer survivor Brenda Elsagher, who'll speak tonight at the Pennington Center.

Jim talks with Douglas Baker, from the Louisiana Department of Revenue, about the schism between lawmakers and the Governor over use of one-time money to balance the state budget, and recent legislation to reduce tax breaks for businesses to make up that imbalance.

New Orleans area bankruptcy lawyer Bill Cherbonnier, who is opposed to House Bill 567, by Baton Rouge Rep. Erich Ponti. It would repeal the state's ban on for-profit debt adjusters.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Capitol Access: Jindal 'Parks' Tax Plan, Ignores Budget

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:07 pm

Governor Jindal’s opening address to the legislature didn’t mention healthcare, higher education, or the budget in general. Instead, he flabbergasted lawmakers and media with a thirteen-minute long speech ditching his plan to raise sales tax revenue to replace the income tax. But he didn’t abandon the initiative altogether.

“I know that several of you have already filed bills to phase-out the income tax," Jindal said. "What I’m here to tell you is this: even as we park our bill, I call on you. Let’s work together. Let’s pass a bill this session to get rid of the income tax once and for all in the state of Louisiana.”

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