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Jindal prison sale idea on hold, pending forecast

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 11:27 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, opposition, governor, state, prison, sale, revenue, forecast, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - Facing significant opposition from lawmakers, Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't push the sale of three state prisons until economists offer the latest revenue forecasts.

If those income forecasts give lawmakers enough money to cover what the prison sales would generate, Jindal says he won't oppose efforts to scrap the sales.

The governor says he still supports selling the prisons in Avoyelles, Allen and Winn parishes, which would generate an estimated $90 million or more, much of which Jindal proposed to plug into the state's health care budget for next year. But his position acknowledges the staunch resistance he's received from
some lawmakers.

House and Senate leaders have questioned whether Jindal's prison sale legislation could gain the needed votes for passage this session.

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