Jindal budget critic removed from her job
BATON ROUGE, La.- Gov. Bobby Jindal has fired the head of his Office of Elderly Affairs, a day after she staunchly criticized his budget plans for the agency.
The governor's spokesman, Frank Collins, confirmed that Martha Manuel, executive director of the office for a year, was removed from the position.
In a statement Wednesday, Collins said, "We decided to move in a different direction." He also defended the budget proposal that was the subject of Manuel's criticism.
Manuel told lawmakers Tuesday that the governor's plan to merge the Office of Elderly Affairs into the health department would damage services for Louisiana's senior citizens.
Jindal's chief budget adviser, Paul Rainwater, said the move wouldn't reduce services, would make operations more efficient and could generate additional federal health care money for senior citizen programs.