Gov. Bobby Jindal

Politics
3:33 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bobby Jindal One Of The Most Unpopular Governors In The Country, Poll Says

Bobby Jindal, once one of the most popular governors in the country, has seen his approval ratings slide over the past two-and-a-half years to just 37 percent, according to a report released today by the Public Policy Polling organization.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Bill to Increase Executive Transparency

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:37 pm

After running on a platform of increased transparency, the Gov. Bobby Jindal has relied on a law that shields gubernatorial documents from public view to dodge open records requests from the press.


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Politics
9:57 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tobacco Tax Could Nearly Close Budget Gap

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:10 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals may include raising the tobacco excise tax. Health officials have suggested raising the tax by a dollar per pack. A study shows raising the tax by that much would raise $223 million a year – that’s almost enough to have closed this year’s $240 million budget gap. 

Jindal has said his tax reforms would be revenue neutral, replacing the income tax with higher sales tax.


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Politics
6:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Lawmakers Propose Restructuring Louisiana Budget Process

Conservative House lawmakers who have been at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal over budgeting tactics are proposing to rewrite the laws governing state spending.

The bills were unveiled Tuesday by the Budget Reform Coalition, a mainly Republican group.

The measures would limit what dollars lawmakers and the governor could use to pay for ongoing programs, barring patchwork financing uncertain to appear year after year. They also would set up a timeline for handling the budget so lawmakers couldn't pull it together in the final hours of a legislative session.

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Latest News
9:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Lawsuit Challenges Jindal Budgeting Tactics

Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers have lodged a legal challenge against the state's budget, asking a judge to declare its financing a violation of Louisiana's Constitution.

Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry, both Republicans, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state district court in Baton Rouge.

The lawsuit is part of continuing criticism from conservative House Republicans about GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics, specifically his use of one-time, patchwork funding to pay for ongoing programs and services.

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1:46 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Jindal Tax Plan Would Keep Incentive Programs

The leader on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed tax code rewrite, Tim Barfield, says the administration wants to keep most of the state's economic development incentive programs as part of the revamp.

Many of the programs give credits or exemptions to income taxes.

Though Jindal is proposing to eliminate state income taxes in exchange for higher sales taxes, Barfield says the governor's proposal will keep modified versions of most of the incentive programs overseen by the Department of Economic Development.

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Gov. Jindal Names New Press Secretary

Gov. Bobby Jindal has recruited his latest press secretary from Wisconsin.

Jindal announced Friday that he's hired Sean Lansing for the $65,000-a-year position. The move comes as the Republican governor has started unveiling proposals to rewrite Louisiana's tax code and ramping up efforts to sell the ideas to lawmakers and the public.

Lansing most recently worked as communications director for Wisconsin's John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a right-leaning think tank.

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Taxes
6:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lawmakers Hesitant About Jindal Tax Proposal

Lawmakers are responding with caution to Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to eliminate Louisiana's income tax in exchange for higher sales taxes and other tax code changes.

Among specific concerns raised Friday by legislators who will decide the fate of the plan are how it will impact low- to middle-income families, how it will affect local sales tax collections and whether sales taxes are too unstable a revenue source on which to base a budget.

Jindal is floating the idea of a tax swap in advance of the legislative session that begins in April.

Politics
11:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Jindal Proposes Getting Rid of Income Taxes

Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to eliminate Louisiana's personal and business income taxes, in exchange for higher state sales taxes and the removal of some tax breaks.

Jindal's shopping the idea to lawmakers, who will consider it in the regular session that begins in April. In a statement Thursday, the Republican governor said eliminating income taxes will "put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families" and make the state more attractive to companies.

It was the first peak at proposals Jindal will offer as part of his tax code rewrite.

Severe Weather
5:22 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Jindal Declares Emergency Because of Storms

Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a statewide emergency Thursday after storms rolled across Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and causing flooding in some areas.

The declaration lets Louisiana use state money to help local governments deal with flooding and storm

A slow-moving storm system dumped almost a foot of rain in some areas as it moved east, causing rivers to swell and flooding streets in some urban areas.

No injuries were reported, though authorities suspect a tornado may have been the cause of damage at an industrial plant near Baton Rouge.

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