February 27, 2015 10:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... more »
February 26, 2015 5:17 PM
OXON HILL, MD - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for fellow Republicans who control Congress: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke critically of his party's leaders in Washington on Thursday during a turn before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As he spoke to CPAC, House Republicans were considering... more »
February 26, 2015 3:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will propose to scale back spending on tax credits and offer lawmakers money-generating ideas to keep colleges from facing deep, damaging cuts next year. The governor's recommendations for closing a $1.6 billion gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 will be presented... more »
February 26, 2015 8:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Conservative Political Action Conference begins today in Washington, D.C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a featured speaker on the first day of the weekend-long event.
Jindal has spoken at the event in the past. The Straw Poll at CPAC is often an indicator of potential... more »
February 23, 2015 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Education Superintendent John White says he's concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal will strip dollars for student testing. Jindal opposes Louisiana's use of testing tied to the Common Core education standards. But Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish says no such cuts are proposed in the governor's... more »
February 21, 2015 1:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will join the Family Research Council on a trip to Israel this fall. According to the group's event itinerary, Jindal and guests will arrive in Tel Aviv on Oct. 28. The tour will include sightseeing at the Sea of Galilee and Mount Carmel... more »
February 20, 2015 3:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers complained, but didn't reverse $61 million in cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal levied across state agencies to close a midyear deficit. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee raised objections Friday to reductions to state parks, agriculture programs and health care services. But they couldn't get... more »
February 19, 2015 2:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has been spending handily from his state campaign account, though he isn't up for re-election and doesn't plan to run for any other office in Louisiana. In his latest campaign finance report, the Republican governor documents nearly $1.5 million in spending over 2014. More... more »
February 16, 2015 3:09 PM
MONROE - IBM will create 400 new jobs in Monroe during the next 10 years. Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state also will provide $4.5 million in higher education funding at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University to create more computer science graduates... more »
February 13, 2015 11:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... more »
February 12, 2015 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - In the latest round of midyear budget cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a deeper carving knife to his fellow statewide elected officials than to most agencies under his control, including his own office. The governor's office will come through the $61 million in cuts with a... more »
February 11, 2015 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is considering a reshuffling of Louisiana's tax break spending to offset steep higher education cuts in next year's budget. Proposals being floated would create a new tax break for businesses that donate to college campuses or for parents in exchange for higher student... more »
February 11, 2015 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property.
Jindal suggested job growth from his economic development... more »
February 5, 2015 1:39 PM
WASHINGTON - As they begin to shape their prospective bids for president, a group of ambitious Republican governors are eager to seize on voters' contempt for that most dirty of political words: "Washington." Yet even as they profess to loathe the nation's capital, those same governors have become regular Washington... more »
February 2, 2015 11:05 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Bobby Jindal's numbers slipped among Iowa Republicans according to a new poll of likely voters one year away from the presidential caucuses.
Fewer respondents said they were favorable of Jindal today than when the previous poll was taken in October, 39 percent today to... more »
January 30, 2015 3:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Friday declaring parents should be able to opt their children out of taking the assessment test tied to the Common Core educational standards, which have created a deep political divide in Louisiana public education.
The governor's order directs the... more »
January 29, 2015 12:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pushed back to mid-February the release of its proposal to close a $103 million budget deficit. Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish said Thursday that the proposal to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget will be presented to lawmakers at a Feb. 20... more »
January 28, 2015 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options" for lessening some of the slashing. The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts... more »
January 27, 2015 9:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - When it was created last year, a $40 million incentive fund to pay for college programs that fill high-demand jobs in Louisiana was hailed as critical to both higher education and the state's workforce needs. Now, with the state grappling with deep budget problems, Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
January 25, 2015 11:02 AM
BATON ROUGE- Thousands joined in on the march for life anti-abortion demonstration, and many others joined in prayer with the governor to pray over the city at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus.
However, protesters claim they were not thrilled with Jindal's appearance on campus since his... more »
January 23, 2015 7:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Thousands are expected to attend a Saturday prayer rally at LSU where Governor Bobby Jindal will be the headlining speaker.
Some say "The Response" rally is a political stunt for Jindal to announce a run at the Oval Office, but event organizers say there's nothing controversial... more »
January 23, 2015 4:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear at LSU's campus tomorrow for multiple speaking engagements during a controversial prayer rally that has drawn attention from supporters and potential protesters alike.
The governor's office released on Friday afternoon a schedule of events on Jindal's calendar for the Saturday event. Jindal... more »
January 22, 2015 7:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Police will beef up their security in anticipation of protests at Saturday's prayer rally where Governor Bobby Jindal will take center stage at an event that's gotten a lot of criticism.
Protestors say they're OK with the prayer. "The protest isn't against prayer at all,"... more »
January 22, 2015 2:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal are creating a super PAC to back a possible 2016 presidential campaign by the Louisiana governor. Paperwork setting up the political action committee, called the Believe Again PAC, was to be filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, according to Brad... more »
January 20, 2015 12:22 PM
PARIS - The mayor of Paris said Tuesday she plans to file a lawsuit against Fox News after the network reported on now-debunked claims that there were "no-go" zones for non-Muslims in several European countries, claims which were echoed by Louisiana's governor this week.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said... more »
January 19, 2015 3:47 PM
LONDON - In a speech intended to be a boost to his foreign policy credentials, Governor Bobby Jindal repeated debunked claims Monday that followers of Islam are working to create "no-go zones" in Europe hostile to non-Muslims.
In his speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London, Jindal claimed... more »
January 14, 2015 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that a proposed $3.8 million mid-year budget cut from the Jindal administration could force them to furlough employees starting as early as next week.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he's been given until Friday to figure out... more »
January 9, 2015 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's governor, who has ambitions for national office, released a statement Friday criticizing President Barack Obama's proposal for a plan that would make it free for most people to attend community colleges in the U. S.
Meanwhile, Governor Bobby Jindal is a supporter of the TOPS... more »
January 9, 2015 12:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he will fight proposals floated by Gov. Bobby Jindal to slash $300 million from Louisiana colleges next year. Kleckley, a Republican typically allied with the governor, said Friday he's heard talk of higher education cuts up to $370 million in the budget... more »
December 25, 2014 10:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The budget hole facing Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers next year is grim, topping $1.4 billion. But that may not even be the worst-case scenario. With oil prices continuing to plummet, state officials are readying for the possibility they haven't yet hit rock bottom. They may have... more »
December 19, 2014 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Mississippi-based organization hosting a January prayer rally featuring Gov. Bobby Jindal says the event's sole purpose is religious. Critics of the American Family Association event have said the rally on LSU's campus is designed to further Jindal's presidential ambitions. They've vowed to protest the rally because... more »
December 19, 2014 10:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has agreed to archive all the state employee health insurance program's records with the Secretary of State's office. The agreement comes after the administration refused for several months to follow the state's archiving requirements. Secretary of State Tom Schedler oversees the archiving of... more »
December 18, 2014 4:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million. The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection Thursday, only days before the budget had... more »
December 17, 2014 3:54 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his headlining a prayer rally on Louisiana State University's campus next month that has drawn the ire of student protesters who say the group hosting the event promotes discrimination and an anti-gay agenda. The Jan. 24 prayer rally is expected to draw... more »
December 16, 2014 4:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is questioning whether Education Superintendent John White is dividing his department's contracts into smaller pieces to sidestep oversight and public bid requirements. The Office of State Procurement sent White a letter Tuesday saying it found a "questionable volume" of recent contracts ranging from... more »
December 9, 2014 1:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has directed a state crime victim's board to pay hospitals and health centers for sexual assault victims' medical exams. Jindal's executive order, issued Tuesday, is trying to keep victims from being charged for a forensic medical exam, billing that advocacy groups and lawmakers called... more »
December 8, 2014 11:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's Division of Administration told lawmakers Monday the state was on track to save $75 million out of the General Fund for the 2015 fiscal year.
State legislators learned nine departments got recommendations from an outside consultant group known as Alvarez and Marsal. The... more »
November 26, 2014 10:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - By lessening the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration gave itself and school boards a new budget headache. The administration's latest plan for the Office of Group Benefits is scheduled to take effect March 1. It reduced... more »
November 24, 2014 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal fired the head of his Office of Elderly Affairs in 2012 and never named another executive director. A new audit says that lack of leadership has lessened the effectiveness of the agency's mission to help the elderly. In a review released Monday, the Legislative... more »
November 20, 2014 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - An Obama administration lawyer told a federal judge that Louisiana's decision to use the Common Core education standards was voluntary, not coerced by the federal government. Attorney Caroline Lewis Wolverton asked U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick on Thursday to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit against the... more »
November 17, 2014 4:13 PM
SATSUMA - People who want to incorporate Satsuma into a town are frustrated that their petition has not been acted on despite being certified in August.
The group "Save Satsuma" wanted to put the incorporation to a vote on the December 6 ballot, but that won't happen. The petition... more »
November 14, 2014 1:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will need to slash state spending to keep this year's $25 billion budget balanced, as plummeting oil prices helped hammer Louisiana's revenue picture. The state's income forecasting panel, known as the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Friday dropped projections of revenue for this year by... more »
November 7, 2014 12:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Under pressure from lawmakers and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is lessening the impact of changes planned March 1 for the state worker health insurance program.
Increases in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles for current retirees have been scrapped, and they've been reduced for active employees. As... more »
November 6, 2014 4:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration have struck a deal that will allow the state to borrow $200 million for construction work. Both sides confirmed Thursday that a compromise had been reached and no construction work was delayed. At issue was whether Louisiana ended last... more »
October 30, 2014 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration says Treasurer John Kennedy's refusal to sign state borrowing paperwork could cost the state money and delay construction projects if a deal can't be reached soon. And the administration is asking lawmakers to put pressure on Kennedy.
Kennedy disputes the claim, saying... more »
October 29, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal along with state health officials and police announced the ban of a new synthetic marijuana compound on Wednesday afternoon.
The new compound, known as "MAB-CHMINACA", is yet another chemical compound that authorities determined to be a key precursor in the production of illegal... more »
October 29, 2014 3:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's chief economist and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration are at odds about what state employment data shows about Louisiana's job growth. Greg Albrecht, with the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Office, says the Jindal administration has been inaccurately describing Louisiana as outperforming much of the South and the... more »
October 22, 2014 3:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
October 21, 2014 2:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal told News 2 today that if he stays in politics after his term is over, it would be to run for president.
Jindal told Michael Marsh Tuesday it was the only other job in politics he wanted. He said he and First Lady... more »
October 20, 2014 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered every part of state government under his control to start reporting any travel to countries where people might catch the Ebola virus. He also ordered restrictions or advisories on such travelers' use of commercial transportation and going to gathering places including restaurants,... more »
October 16, 2014 11:21 AM
BATON ROUGE - Did the state close last year's books with a surplus or a deficit? Seems like an easy-to-answer question, a comparison of state expenses against revenues. But the Jindal administration's claims of a $179 million surplus have run into skepticism. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says the administration... more »
October 15, 2014 6:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
October 14, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans. The Republican governor, considering a 2016 presidential campaign, sent a letter Tuesday to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run... more »
October 13, 2014 3:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as severe weather moves across Louisiana ahead of a cold front, downing trees and power lines and leaving thousands without electricity. Jindal issued the proclamation Monday. It extends through Nov. 11 unless terminated sooner. The National Weather Service... more »
October 13, 2014 2:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - A dispute over the Common Core education standards won't sideline Louisiana's application for up to $15 million in federal grant money for pre-kindergarten programs. With a Tuesday deadline looming, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced that the Republican governor will agree to support Louisiana's grant application for the... more »
October 9, 2014 6:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration says Louisiana has ended the 2014 fiscal year with a $178.5 million budget surplus. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Thursday that creating a "fiscally responsible" plan for the surplus is the administration's next step with health care and higher education as the top... more »
October 8, 2014 11:02 AM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order reminding school administrators that the First Amendment still protects free speech after a report that a Louisiana school asked a teacher to take down a social media post critical of Common Core.
The Town Talk of Alexandria reported that... more »
October 8, 2014 10:00 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and business leaders are asking Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to keep open a 25-year-old program that helps small businesses apply for federal government contracts. The state investment needed to save the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, known as PTAC, is small, about $185,000. But PTAC supporters... more »
October 3, 2014 1:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Obama Administration to block flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries. In a statement Friday, Jindal said, "Even countries in Africa have cut back on or stopped accepting flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks." Jindal's comments come as... more »
October 2, 2014 3:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The company whose $200 million Medicaid contract was canceled by Gov. Bobby Jindal says the indictment of Louisiana's former health secretary won't harm its ongoing wrongful termination lawsuit. Michael McKay, lawyer for Client Network Services Inc., says the charges against Bruce Greenstein don't undermine CNSI's claims that... more »
October 1, 2014 2:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a meeting Wednesday to gather updates from state agencies to ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be confirmed in Louisiana.
The governor said it is important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola... more »
September 30, 2014 6:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is delaying heavily-criticized changes to the state health insurance program by two months, but is not backing off the rewrite. The Office of Group Benefits announced Tuesday that the changes will begin on March 1, instead of Jan. 1. Also, members of the... more »
September 26, 2014 5:13 PM
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein on two education-related campaign stops, and both were quizzed by youngsters.
Jindal, who's likely considering a run for president in 2016, and Havenstein visited a charter school in Manchester on Friday before touring US FIRST,... more »
September 25, 2014 12:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the state employee health insurance program will face a dire financial scenario without the heavily-criticized changes planned by the Jindal administration. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Thursday the program would be near broke by the end of the... more »
September 23, 2014 6:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A group of Louisiana state legislators sent a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal recently, asking him to act "forcefully" after a fugitive from Mexico who was recently from released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison due to a clerical error.
Bernardo Gomez, who authorities said has... more »
September 23, 2014 5:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana attorney general's office says state employee health insurance changes enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration skipped required legal steps. In an opinion released Tuesday, the attorney general's office says modifications to health care plans for state workers and retirees in the Office of Group Benefits... more »
September 18, 2014 12:47 PM
HARAHAN - A supporter of a lawsuit against the oil industry has been re-nominated to a seat on a south Louisiana flood control board despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East on Thursday nominated coastal expert Paul Kemp to another term... more »
September 10, 2014 4:57 PM
ATLANTA - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is touting efforts in his state to expand charter schools and praising Gov. Nathan Deal for his support of school choice. Jindal was in Atlanta on Wednesday with Deal for a Republican Governors Association fundraiser. Jindal says the RGA is "very committed" to helping... more »
September 5, 2014 3:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
August 28, 2014 1:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that's suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans... more »
August 28, 2014 11:22 AM
DES MOINES, IA - Republican presidential prospects are making plans to visit Iowa in September. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will campaign with 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Rod Blum on Tuesday. They plan stops in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Dubuque. On Sept. 27, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov.... more »
August 26, 2014 7:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Conflicting information from the federal government shows, to a degree, how many illegal children have crossed into the United States and found refuge with sponsors in Louisiana.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports on a state-by-state list that there are 1,275 children in Louisiana. Then, on... more »
August 26, 2014 3:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - State employees and retirees face increased out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles as Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration reworks state health insurance plans to keep the program from financial disaster. Financial analysts say those in the insurance program in many instances will be paying more and getting less. Critics... more »
August 19, 2014 4:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Judge Todd Hernandez issued a defeat to Governor Bobby Jindal in the fight over Common Core in Louisiana Tuesday.
The judge granted a request by parents, teachers, and charter school managers who sued Jindal to stop several executive orders and actions meant to remove the state... more »
August 18, 2014 6:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Judge Todd Hernandez told attorneys involved in a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal's actions to remove Louisiana from the Common Core educational standards that he will make a written ruling on the case.
Both sides argued all day Monday. Hernandez did not say when he'd issue... more »
August 15, 2014 3:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped a former congressman who gave him one of his first jobs to be the newest member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Jindal's office announced Thursday that the Republican governor has appointed Jim McCrery, of Shreveport, to the 16-member governing board. McCrery... more »
August 8, 2014 2:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - After months of traded accusations between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana's education leaders, the feud over the Common Core education standards gets aired in court next week. Up first is a Tuesday hearing in which Jindal is asking a judge to dismiss parts of a lawsuit filed... more »
August 8, 2014 2:03 AM
DES MOINES, IA - Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for... more »