Gov. Bobby Jindal

Health Care
1:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Failure To Expand Medicaid To Directly Effect Low-To-Moderate Income New Orleans Residents

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:52 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal has remained steadfast thus far in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saying it’s too expensive and that Medicaid is an outdated, inflexible program. 

Not expanding Medicaid it will have a direct effect on low-to-moderate income New Orleanians.

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7:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Jindal Plans Media Campaign For Tax Swap Proposal, But Why Now?

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:54 pm

Governor Bobby Jindal wants to eliminate the state income tax and make up for the lost revenue by increasing state sales taxes. He is seeking money to run a media campaign in support of his proposal.

But Louisianians are not likely to be asked to vote on the tax reforms until late 2014. So why lobby support from the general public now?  

WRKF’s Ashley Westerman put that question to LSU professor and director of the Manship School’s Public Policy Research Lab Kirby Goidel.

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2:44 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

State House Leader Says Budget Glimpse Encouraging

The chairman of the House budget-writing committee says he's feeling a bit better about coping with the state's more than $1 billion shortfall.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin made the comments Thursday after he got a sneak peek at Gov. Bobby Jindal's spending recommendations for next year.

Fannin says the Jindal administration anticipates significant savings from privatization plans for the LSU charity hospital system, and that will help partially close the budget gap.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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