Gov. Bobby Jindal

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.

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.

Higher Education
8:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

New, Old Appointees to Regents, SU Board

Gov. Bobby Jindal has made appointments to two of the state's higher education boards; the Board of Regents and the Southern University Board of Supervisors.

Among those appointed Friday to the Southern board is Leon Tarver, a former president of Southern.

New members named to the Southern board were Michael Small, of Slidell, a senior network engineer at Computech Solutions Inc.; and Raymond Fondel Jr., of Lake Charles, who owns an insurance agency.

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8:00 am
Sun January 6, 2013

Jindal Creates Task Force to Look at School Safety

Gov. Bobby Jindal is forming a 13-member study group to review safety standards at Louisiana schools and colleges, in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Jindal issued an executive order Friday creating the group, which will be led by Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana State Police, and Jimmy LeBlanc, secretary of the corrections department.

The governor is asking the group to assess current safety programs at public and private schools from prekindergarten through 12th grade and at colleges and universities around the state.

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Higher Education
6:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Jindal Names New UL System Board Members

Gov. Bobby Jindal has named eight members to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, replacing or re-appointing seven members whose terms expired and one who stepped down.

The resigning member, former governor's office lawyer Jimmy Faircloth, was replaced by his wife, Kelly.

Jindal re-appointed Jimmie Martin Jr. of Cut Off, Jimmy Long Sr. of Natchitoches and Winfred Sibille of Sunset.

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4:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Budget Cuts Hit Domestic Violence Programs

Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest round of budget cuts is falling on shelters that take in battered women and other domestic violence prevention providers.

The reductions were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit.

The Advocate reports funding for family violence prevention and intervention programs was cut by more than $998,000. That's a 16 percent drop in the dollars spent on contracts the state holds with shelters and other domestic violence programs.

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3:22 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

State Veterans Secretary Retiring, Interim Appointed

Gov. Bobby Jindal says Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson is retiring after four years, and his deputy will be interim secretary.

He says Carson opened and maintained service offices in every parish, made all Louisiana veterans and their spouses eligible to live in the department's five veterans' homes, and added a second veterans' cemetery. He also developed a program to help veterans who own small businesses get state contracts.

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4:11 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Vehicle Tax Break Regulations Take Effect

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with new regulations that spell out limits for the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit.

The final rule governing the tax credit program is being published Thursday and will take effect this week.

The alternative fuel vehicle tax break's cost has grown much larger than estimated and had become a headache for the Republican governor because of differing interpretations about eligibility.

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5:30 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Split Ruling Issued in Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

A judge has tossed out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but has upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Tuesday that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards violated the state constitution because it didn't fit into the stated objective of the bill.

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