In what is becoming an annual ritual, Gov. Bobby Jindal has again issued a partial hiring freeze on executive branch agencies in state government.
The hiring freeze covers the 2012-13 fiscal year that began July 1.
For most agencies, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater will set a number of vacant positions that the offices can't fill. If they want to add new workers who will shrink the number of vacancies below that benchmark, the agencies will need Rainwater's permission.
A July legislative session to consider overturning Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes has been canceled.
Louisiana state senators overwhelmingly decided against holding the July 14 veto session, with 31 of the 39 senators turning in paperwork to scrap the session.
The veto session was automatically set when Jindal rejected 21 bills from the regular legislative session and used his line-item veto on the budget. It takes a majority written vote of either the House or Senate to cancel the session.
A Baton Rouge judge has refused to prevent the start of a statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private and parochial schools.
The decision Tuesday by Judge Tim Kelley means the program pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal will begin in August, while a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards over the constitutionality of the voucher program continues to wind its way through the court.
Two parents with children in a New Orleans voucher program and two pro-voucher groups are asking to join the state in fighting a lawsuit that seeks to block a statewide program using tax dollars to send children to private schools.
The intervention petition was filed in Baton Rouge district court Monday for the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the Alliance for School Choice and the New Orleans parents.
BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal says the GOP must push for a full repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, after it was upheld by the Supreme Court. Louisiana's GOP governor has long opposed the health care overhaul, saying it will decrease the quality of health care and raise taxes.
BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal's former revenue secretary, who resigned after a dispute over a tax break interpretation, has a new job in California. Cynthia Bridges has been named executive director of the California State Board of Equalization, an elected body that administers sales and use taxes in that state.
BATON ROUGE — Treasurer John Kennedy, a critic of the Jindal administration's financial policies, has found his budget cut with Gov. Bobby Jindal's line-item veto.
In his veto message, Jindal said he's stripping more than $511,000 from Kennedy's budget next year to "streamline" the agency, to reflect spending patterns over the last three years and to strip money for four vacant jobs.
Kennedy's office will have a $12.2 million budget in the fiscal year that begins July 1, compared to $12.7 million this year, a 4 percent reduction, according to the treasurer's office.
BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Association of Educators says it too will file suit to throw out a set of sweeping education changes pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by lawmakers in the just-ended legislative session.
Directors of the teachers union voted Saturday to file suit over changes to the state's elementary and secondary school funding formula that will pay for a statewide voucher program, online schools, college tuition scholarships and an expansion of charter schools.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a package of bills that would have tweaked the state's video poker laws. The conservative Louisiana Family Forum asked him to scrap the bills, which were designed to deregulate gambling operations in the state.
The conservative Louisiana Family Forum is asking Gov. Bobby Jindal to veto three bills that tweak the state's video poker laws.
In a letter sent to the governor, Family Forum leader Gene Mills says the changes would deregulate video poker.
One measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. Danny Martiny, would remove the mandatory license revocation requirement for a video poker operator who has three or more violations for letting someone under 21 years old play video poker.