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Costs of Jindal's state police security detail has doubled

2 years 6 days 4 hours ago Tuesday, October 13 2015 Oct 13, 2015 October 13, 2015 6:54 AM October 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE- The cost of Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail has doubled to more than $3 million since the Republican governor entered office nearly eight years ago.
    
The Louisiana State Police says the hefty price increase isn't largely driven by Jindal's frequent out-of-state travel, but more by a sizable pay raise given to state troopers last year.
    
Protective services for the governor cost just under $1.5 million in the 2007-08 budget year when Jindal first took office. Data shows the price tag rose to $3.1 million in the 2014-15 year that ended June 30.
    
State lawmakers have complained about taxpayers footing the bill for Jindal's trooper bodyguards as the governor increased his out-of-state trips, readying for a presidential campaign he announced June 24.

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