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  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • Dueling executive orders over marriage

    May 21, 2015 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued his own executive order Thursday in response to Governor Bobby Jindal's religious objection order this week. The city said Landrieu's order called on city departments and agencies to comply with existing New Orleans code which prohibited discrimination in employment, housing and public... more »
  • Lawmakers in Louisiana House take aim at Jindal travel costs

    May 21, 2015 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tired of Gov. Bobby Jindal's extensive out-of-state travel, lawmakers in the Louisiana House want Jindal's office to carry the burden of those security detail costs. The House voted 55-35 Thursday for a change to next year's budget that would transfer $2.5 million from Jindal's office to the... more »
  • Bill to curb governor's records exemption heads to House

    May 20, 2015 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers appear ready to put new limits on the Louisiana governor's broad public records exemptions. The proposal by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, would keep the governor's communications with internal staff exempt from disclosure. But it would get rid of several exemptions introduced into public... more »
  • Jindal forms exploratory committee for presidential race

    May 18, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday he's created an exploratory committee to examine his chances at running for president. Jindal's committee also launched BobbyJindal.com to seek donations and supporters. "We must fight to make sure the next generation is not the first generation to inherit fewer... more »
  • Jindal, company announce $135M expansion in Louisiana

    May 18, 2015 11:20 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - W.R. Grace & Co. and Chevron Products Co. will build a $135 million residue hydro-processing catalyst production plant and additional alumina capacity at the existing Grace manufacturing facility near Lake Charles. The announcement was made Monday in a news release from Gov. Bobby Jindal and W.R. Grace... more »
  • Jindal's tobacco settlement sale proposal hits resistance

    May 15, 2015 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to sell Louisiana's remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement to help generate a few years of short-term cash has stalled. Treasurer John Kennedy refused to put it on the State Bond Commission agenda, though commission approval is needed for a sale. Legislative... more »
  • Anti-Common Core proposals scheduled for Wednesday debate

    May 13, 2015 5:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- After nearly a year of high-profile public feuds over the Common Core education standards, the debate is scheduled to shift to a House Education Committee hearing. That's the first stop for bills that seek to pull the multistate standards adopted by more than 40 states from Louisiana's public... more »
  • Bobby Jindal book on lessons of history coming in October

    May 5, 2015 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who may or not be running for president, says he has a publication coming in October but it's definitely not a campaign book. "I think those books are actually quite boring," Jindal said Tuesday during a telephone interview. Publisher Threshold... more »
  • Financing plan for Medicaid expansion wins committee support

    May 4, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal. But they've started advancing a proposal that would help pay for an expansion if Louisiana's next governor has any interest. Without objection, the House Appropriations Committee on Monday approved legislation by House Speaker... more »
  • Jindal administration doing secretive review of testing plan

    May 1, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has increased scrutiny of the education department's testing contracts, as the two sides remain in a dispute over the Common Core standards. The administration held a closed-door review Friday of the education department's proposals to seek contract bids for Common Core-related standardized testing... more »
  • Proposal to limit TOPS program wins Louisiana Senate support

    April 29, 2015 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal, state senators have agreed to put cost controls on Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program. The Senate voted 27-9 Wednesday for the bill by Republican Sen. Jack Donahue, of Mandeville, which has the backing of higher education leaders. Under the proposal,... more »
  • Proposal to scale back governor's records exemption advances

    April 29, 2015 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are considering whether to restrict the broad public records exemptions granted to the governor's office. Without objection Wednesday, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee backed a proposal by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Republican from Baton Rouge, to add significant limits to a governor's ability to shield... more »
  • Medicaid expansion up for consideration by lawmakers

    April 29, 2015 4:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against coverage expansion legislation proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A House committee was considering a similar proposal, though... more »
  • New Orleans mayor needles Jindal on religious objection bill

    April 27, 2015 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu needled Gov. Bobby Jindal for recently calling opponents of a contentious religious objection bill part of the "radical left." Following a Monday speech in Baton Rouge, the Democratic mayor said Jindal didn't accurately describe corporations that oppose religious objection laws on grounds... more »
  • Jindal blasts companies opposed to religious objections bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 23, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says businesses that oppose religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with liberal elites who support more taxes and regulation and demonize profit-making. In a meeting with reporters Thursday, the Republican governor said he was alarmed when business groups united with LGBT advocates... more »
  • Jindal says he'd veto budget tied to tax break suspensions

    April 23, 2015 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't support any legislative effort to temporarily suspend tax breaks to drum up quick cash to patch together next year's budget. The Republican governor said Thursday he's told lawmakers that he would consider the move a tax increase and he would veto... more »
  • Louisiana moves ahead with abortion regulation rewrite

    April 21, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has rewritten the state's abortion clinic regulations, a move that abortion-rights supporters say was unnecessary and intended to hinder the operation of clinics. The state Department of Health and Hospitals this week published the final version of the 20-page revamp of clinic licensing... more »
  • Jindal won't release emails from time in office

    April 10, 2015 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's office has refused to release any of the Republican governor's emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature. The Associated Press filed a public records request seeking the documents from the governor,... more »
  • Jindal staff leave state government, focus on Iowa

    March 31, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after the governor's office announced staff members were leaving their positions, the Associated Press reported they are headed for Governor Bobby Jindal's political organization, the America Future Project. The organization was created last month. Taylor Teepell and Matt Parker will work with the group in... more »
  • Common Core lawsuit from Jindal, lawmakers thrown out

    March 30, 2015 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge threw out the lawsuit filed by Louisiana lawmakers and Governor Bobby Jindal which challenged the state's adoption of the Common Core education standards. The lawsuit claimed education officials didn't properly follow state oversight and public notice laws when adopting the standards. Attorneys for the... more »
  • Jindal budget seeks to move $72M from roads to state police

    March 24, 2015 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite criticism about the budgeting maneuver, Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to divert even larger sums of state gasoline tax revenue away from road work next year to pay for state police operations. Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee learned Tuesday that Jindal's budget recommendation for next year... more »
  • Jindal proposes bills to fight Common Core check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal proposed a trio of bills Wednesday which would strip the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of some authority to handle the state's education and shift them to the Legislature, the latest step in his efforts to end Louisiana's involvement with the Common Core... more »
  • Jindal to make anti-Common Core announcement

    March 18, 2015 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he will announce new plans Wednesday to end Louisiana's involvement in Common Core. Jindal's office said the governor will make his announcement at 12:35 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. The move comes as schools are in the middle of administering the PARCC... more »
  • Jindal's departments shield budget negotiations from public

    March 14, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A public records exemption pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping more budget documents hidden from public view, even as the state grapples with a massive $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Executive branch agencies are claiming the exemption to hide their working papers of where and how they'd... more »
  • Treasurer opposes Jindal tobacco settlement sale proposal

    March 11, 2015 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy is balking at Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to sell the remaining piece of Louisiana's tobacco settlement for upfront cash to pay for Louisiana's free college tuition program called TOPS. The treasurer said Jindal has used too many quick fixes to drum up money to... more »
  • Jindal proposes higher ed bills for veterans

    March 5, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration released information on two bills proposed to help veterans and military students finish college in Louisiana, and recognize colleges which create supportive environments for armed forces members. The first bill would require colleges to set up arrangements so veterans could keep academic... more »
  • La. education chief seeks $44M increase in school funding

    March 4, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department wants to ask lawmakers for a $44 million increase in the public school funding formula next year above Gov. Bobby Jindal's request. Education Superintendent John White released the proposal Wednesday. It will be considered Thursday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which... more »
  • Business groups oppose Jindal plan to scale back tax credits

    March 3, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's business lobbying groups are calling a centerpiece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year a multimillion-dollar tax hike on business. Jindal wants to lessen spending on refundable tax credits, in which the state pays out more than the taxes owed. He proposes to use... more »
  • La. hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short

    March 3, 2015 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has built a $1.1 billion hospital to care for the poor and uninsured in New Orleans. But the manager of the soon-to-be-opened medical center says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget leaves it millions short of the operating cash it needs. Private operators of hospitals previously run by... more »
  • A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    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 »
  • Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding

    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 »
  • Jindal budget seeks to avoid deep college cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Gov. Jindal speaks tonight at CPAC

    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 »
  • Superintendent worries student testing money is threatened

    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 »
  • Jindal bound for Israel

    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 »
  • Lawmakers support most of Jindal plan to close midyear gap

    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 »
  • Jindal spends $1.5M from campaign, though no La. race to run

    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 »
  • IBM to create 400 jobs in Monroe

    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 »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    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 »
  • Midyear budget cuts disproportionately hit elected officials

    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 »
  • Jindal considering tax break restructuring to help colleges

    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 »
  • Jindal to leave La.'s next governor with budget mess

    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 »
  • GOP govs with 2016 aspirations love to bash Washington

    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 »
  • Jindal slips in Iowa GOP polls

    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 »
  • Jindal urges BESE to allow "opt-out" for PARCC test

    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 »
  • Deficit-closing plan from Gov. Jindal delayed to Feb.

    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 »
  • Jindal says he'll suggest 'options' to reduce budget cuts

    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 »
  • Jindal considering cuts to college fund he pushed to create

    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 »
  • Protesters not thrilled with Jindal's presence on campus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Thousands expected at prayer rally check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Jindal to speak at prayer rally and anti-abortion march

    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 »
  • LSU beefs up security for prayer rally check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Super PAC created to boost Bobby Jindal presidential bid

    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 »
  • Paris Mayor to sue over "no-go" zone reports

    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 »
  • Jindal repeats debunked Islamic 'no-go' zone claims

    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 »
  • Secretary of State warns of furloughs next week

    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 »
  • Jindal criticizes Obama's college plan, supports TOPS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • La. House speaker balks at Jindal budget cuts

    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 »
  • Falling oil prices could force more cuts this budget year

    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 »
  • Rally organizer says Jindal event is about prayer

    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 »
  • Schedler, insurance program reach deal over records

    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 »
  • Lawmakers back Jindal plan to close $170M deficit

    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 »
  • Jindal defends January prayer rally at LSU campus

    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 »
  • Jindal administration questioning education contracts

    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 »
  • Rape exams should be billed to state, Jindal says

    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 »
  • Administration says state on-track to save $75M

    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 »
  • Tweaks to health program will cost state, schools

    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 »
  • Audit: Elderly office needs stronger leadership

    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 »
  • Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit

    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 »
  • Satsuma group frustrated with governor's office Play Video

    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 »
  • Oil prices create havoc for Louisiana's budget

    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 »
  • Changes tweaked to state worker insurance program

    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 »
  • Jindal and Kennedy reach a deal on $200M borrowing

    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 »
  • Jindal, Kennedy budget dispute continues

    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 »
  • Jindal, state officials ban new synthetic pot compound

    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 »
  • Economist says Jindal 'misinterprets' jobs data

    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 »
  • GOP candidates in La. not embracing Bobby Jindal

    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 »
  • Jindal says only other job he wants is president Play Video

    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 »
  • Jindal: report any state travel to Ebola countries

    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 »
  • La. surplus dispute likely to linger for months

    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 »

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