Budget is focus as La. legislative session begins

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Posted: Apr 25, 2011 4:19 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2011 4:19 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, governor, bobby, jindal, budget, speech, recommendations, tax, increases, legislature, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal offered few details about his budget recommendations and didn't weigh in on the most controversial proposals facing lawmakers as he spoke to them on the opening day of their regular session.

Instead Monday, Jindal gave a vigorous defense of his opposition to tax increases, calling them destructive to Louisiana families and businesses.

The governor spent much of his 21-minute talk recapping achievements and railing against Washington spending levels - outlining what is expected to be his stump speech on the campaign trail for his fall re-election bid.

Lawmakers say they hoped to hear more about how Jindal proposes closing a $1.6 billion budget gap next year, one of the toughest fiscal years the Legislature has faced in decades.

The session must end by June 23.

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