Posted: Apr 25, 2011 10:42 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Apr 25, 2011 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal used the start of the session to push his agenda; shooting down the idea of new taxes.
As usual reactions to the speech were divided along party lines.
While the governor made very clear he will veto any new taxes, democrats say the governor does want tax dollars. But he wants them in the form of federal tax dollars. That's according to Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) who told News 2 "On health care, we have a new scheme that's been developed by the administration to rely more heavily on federal dollars for health care. And if you look at all of the different programs where we have holes, the administration's focus is to maximize federal dollars."
Republican's stood by the governor's tax stance. Many called his speech direct and a reinforcement of a clear plan for Louisiana. But, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson believes those taxes the governor says he wont raise will come back around in the forms of things like fees and tuition hikes for Louisiana's college students.
The session runs through June the legislature will have to agree on a budget before it's all over.