Jindal budget short of what ag leader says needed
BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year would force him to lay off workers and keep him short of the money needed to fight a dangerous citrus infection.
Strain talked to the House Appropriations Committee on Monday about Jindal's spending recommendations for the 2014-15 year. He says the proposal includes money that isn't expected to be available and inflated assumptions of fee revenue for his agency.
He asked lawmakers to add $3.9 million to his budget.
Without it, Strain says he won't be able to buy needed equipment, will have to shrink staff and will have trouble battling citrus canker, a bacterial infection that moved into Louisiana.
Lawmakers are going agency-by-agency through Jindal's budget proposal and will make changes later in the legislative session.