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  • Senate backs bill letting police automatically scan plates

    April 14, 2016 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Lake Charles senator is back with his proposal to allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill last year, so Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns asked senators to try again this year now that Gov. John Bel Edwards is... more »
  • Jindal endorses Rubio for president

    February 5, 2016 7:55 PM

    NEW YORK - Former Governor Bobby Jindal did something he said he wouldn't, he endorsed a Republican in the presidential primary. Jindal endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Friday evening on Fox News. . @BobbyJindal : "I'm endorsing @marcorubio to be our next president." #Greta pic.twitter.com/A9JSrUbpFs — Fox News... more »
  • Former State Veterans Affairs head accused of cronyism and lying about military service Play Video

    February 1, 2016 7:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state audit published early Monday morning paints a damning portrait of a former Jindal appointee. David LaCerte, the former head of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, is accused of several shady activities ranging from cronyism to cover-ups. LaCerte had worked for LDVA since 2010, first... more »
  • Data doesn't support Jindal food stamp claim

    January 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal claimed the threat of kicking people off food stamps spurred them into the job market, but data released Thursday shows that's not exactly accurate. In October the Jindal administration announced 61,000 able-bodied adults had 3 months to find work or lose food stamps.... more »
  • Governor issues "State of Emergency" as Mississippi River rises to dangerous levels Play Video

    December 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, in case the Mississippi River gets too high. There are already problems up-stream. Both Jindal's and Edward’s Administrations are preparing for historic high water. Levels that have not been seen since 2011. National Weather Service Ken Graham said an... more »
  • Medicaid, TOPS, public schools all running out of money Play Video

    December 30, 2015 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's budget woes keep getting worse. Louisiana now has a $2.65 billion budget hole to be filled by June. Incoming Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced the sobering news Tuesday at LSU. "This is the clear view, the true picture for where we are today. It's... more »
  • 31,000 could wait two weeks for food stamps Play Video

    December 29, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some food stamp recipients in Louisiana could lose their benefits for a couple of weeks in January. Benefits for an estimated 31,000 people are set to expire Thursday. Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards has said he'll reinstate the benefits but he can't do it until he takes office.... more »
  • Audit: State workers caught stealing food stamps Play Video

    December 23, 2015 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Allegations of an inside job at the Department of Children and Family Services surfaced Wednesday. Four employees stole $46,000 in food stamps over a seven year period, a legislative audit revealed. The report states less than $1,000 has been recovered and one of the employees is... more »
  • Jindal sells his food stamp plan, but can't support it with data Play Video

    December 22, 2015 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal attempted to defend his plan requiring people on food stamps to get jobs. He claimed mandatory work requirements spurred poor people into the job market but he didn't offer data to support his argument. In late September, the state agency over food stamps announced... more »
  • Healthcare and higher ed could be broke by spring Play Video

    December 14, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care and higher education could be broke by spring if money isn't raised for state services. There's a $227 million shortfall for Medicaid and the college tuition program, TOPS, according to Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project. "This is an extremely serious situation," said Moller.... more »
  • In exclusive TV interview, Jindal talks positive legacy Play Video

    December 11, 2015 8:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal believes his legacy will be creating jobs. Jindal spoke in a candid, rare one-on-one interview inside the Governor's Mansion Friday. Jindal discussed his two terms as the state's chief where he has seen his popularity sink in recent years as the state has... more »
  • White House letter to Louisiana about Syrian refugees Play Video

    December 1, 2015 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House sent Governor Bobby Jindal a letter Monday offering specific information concerning refugees already resettled in the state. In the letter, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough writes the federal government would provide monthly reports about refugees resettled in Louisiana for the past year if... more »
  • Candidates react ot Jindal's non-endorsement Play Video

    November 13, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some have considered Jindal's non-endorsement a slight to Republican candidate David Vitter. Jindal did not endorse Vitter's 2010 re-election to the U.S. Senate following his prostitution scandal. "Based on their strong disagreements, we certainly weren't expecting one," said a Vitter spokesperson. The Republican has consistently... more »
  • Experts expect cuts to state agencies before higher education

    November 3, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cuts for higher education and health care could roll out in three weeks. Governor Jindal's administration has vowed to close the latest budget hole before leaving office in early January. Jindal's plan to plug last year's budget deficit and the mid-year budget deficit will be presented to... more »
  • At debate, Jindal compares Texas student to Kim Davis

    September 16, 2015 7:21 PM

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - At Wednesday night's first Republican presidential debate for CNN, Governor Bobby Jindal connected the plight of a Muslim student in Texas who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school to the Kentucky county clerk who refused to give same-sex couples a marriage license. ... more »
  • Federal judge rules against Jindal on Common Core

    September 16, 2015 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge in Baton Rouge ruled Wednesday against Governor Bobby Jindal's attempts to block Common Core, saying it is not a curriculum and does not interfere with a state's right to handle education. Jindal filed the lawsuit last year in the run-up to his presidential... more »
  • Candidate sign-up reaches final day with few surprises

    September 10, 2015 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The final hours of the candidate sign-up period for the Oct. 24 election are winding down. No unexpected twists have stirred up things at the top of the ballot, where Louisiana has wide open races for governor and lieutenant governor. At least eight candidates already have registered to... more »
  • Kennedy joins Dardenne, says Jindal should pay for campaign security detail Play Video

    August 17, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last month, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who is also running for governor, said taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for Gov. Bobby Jindal's campaign travel. Now, State Treasurer John Kennedy says Jindal should use his campaign funds for security protection while he's campaigning. According... more »
  • GPS units being installed on all state government vehicles

    August 13, 2015 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal administration has started installing tracking devices in the entire state government's fleet. All 10,543 vehicles owned by state government agencies are being outfitted with Global Positioning System, or GPS, devices that follow the routes chosen, monitor speeds and chart driving habits, feeding all the particulars... more »
  • Jindal, other Republicans square off in debate

    August 6, 2015 8:55 PM

    CLEVELAND, OH - He wasn't among the seven GOP presidential candidates selected by the Fox News Channel to take part in today's pre-debate, but Donald Trump was criticized by two of the candidates. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Trump is "using his celebrity rather than his conservatism." Trump has... more »
  • Jindal privatizes family leave programs for 9 state agencies

    August 6, 2015 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is privatizing management of some state worker benefits, hiring a Chicago-based company to oversee family and medical leave programs across nine agencies. The administration announced Wednesday the hiring of ComPsych, for a one-year contract that will cost $497,000 and could be renewed for two... more »
  • Jindal misses cut for first GOP presidential debate

    August 4, 2015 6:08 PM

    CLEVELAND - Fox News has named the Republican candidates who will take part in Thursday night's debate - the first of the 2016 White House campaign. Governor Bobby Jindal did not make the cut, along with some big names from 2012 including Rick Santorum - the winner of that... more »
  • Jindal piggybacks #CeciltheLion to push Planned Parenthood videos

    July 30, 2015 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What do a lion shot by a trophy hunter in Africa and sting videos of a Planned Parenthood executive have in common? For Governor Bobby Jindal, they were a way to try and get his views out on social media during the crowded GOP presidential race.... more »
  • Jindal calls for more mental illness gun laws after shooting

    July 26, 2015 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said Sunday more states should have laws which would stop people with a history of mental illness from purchasing guns. The governor made the comments on a national Sunday morning talk show in the wake of a deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette... more »
  • ACLU says Jindal executive order misguided

    July 26, 2015 11:45 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Civil liberty advocates warn that Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order to ban protesting at the funerals for two Lafayette movie theater shooting victims may violate the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Sunday Jindal's intentions were honorable, but his order was "misguided." ... more »
  • Jindal issues executive order for Lafayette shooting victim funerals

    July 25, 2015 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an executive order protecting the funerals of the victims of the Lafayette movie theater shooting. The executive order instructs law enforcement to enforce Louisiana law that protects against disturbing the peace at funeral services. This order expires 48 hours after... more »
  • Senate cancels session to consider overriding Jindal vetoes

    July 17, 2015 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge this month to consider overriding Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes of bills passed in the last legislative session. As expected, the veto session was canceled by senators. It takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to scrap... more »
  • Senate cancels session to consider overriding Jindal vetoes

    July 17, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge this month to consider overriding Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes of bills passed in the last legislative session. As expected, the veto session was canceled by state senators. It takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to... more »
  • Jindal orders investigation into Planned Parenthood claims

    July 14, 2015 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he was directing state health officials to investigate claims Planned Parenthood was selling fetal body parts harvested after abortions. That claim was made by a pro-life advocacy group called the Center for Medical Progress, which posted a hidden camera video on... more »
  • LSU outlines grievances about hospitals' management

    July 14, 2015 11:05 AM

    MONROE - In a 10-page breach notice, LSU outlines three primary claims of why it believes Biomedical Research Foundation has failed to live up to its contract responsibilities as the operator of public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. The three primary claims from LSU against the foundation include: failure to... more »
  • Jindal admin: Negative credit outlook likely won't change Play Video

    July 8, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal administration's top financial adviser expects Louisiana to keep its negative credit outlook when its rating is updated later this summer. Department of Administration Commissioner Kristy Nichols says the state will likely have a negative credit outlook until a new governor is elected. In a few... more »
  • Public school districts getting more control over books

    July 2, 2015 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks. The governor's office announced Wednesday that Jindal had signed a measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, that will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used... more »
  • Louisiana's littering fines to rise, under newly-signed bill

    July 2, 2015 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's littering fines are doubling. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor had signed the fine increase bill by Gonzales Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Republican. Fines for simple littering, which are $75 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses, will instead be $150 and... more »
  • Increased cigarette tax goes into effect today

    July 1, 2015 8:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting Wednesday, smokers in Louisiana will be shelling out a little more money for cigarettes. The state cigarette tax is going up 50 cents to 86 cents a pack. Lawmakers approved the tax increase during this year's legislative session. The money generated from the new tax will... more »
  • ACLU, others sue Jindal over marriage executive order Play Video

    June 30, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU and several others filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order creating protections for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. New Orleans law firm Herman and Katz filed the suit on behalf of... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on consulting contracts Play Video

    June 30, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal has approved a bill that will give lawmakers a new authority over consulting contracts. The new policy comes after complaints of wasteful spending by various state agencies. The bill was proposed by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard and strongly supported by Treasurer John Kennedy. Under the... more »
  • Jindal vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • Jindal launches 2016 campaign by blasting big government Play Video

    June 24, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With Garth Brooks blaring behind him, Governor Bobby Jindal charged into his first speech as a 2016 presidential candidate by blasting big government, Democrats in Washington, and even his own party. In his first speech as a presidential candidate Jindal touted his record of cuts as... more »
  • Jindal not pushing to remove Confederate flag from plates

    June 23, 2015 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't seeking to have the Confederate battle flag stripped from a Louisiana-issued license plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. While governors in some Southern states are suggesting redesigns or an outright end to the issuance of similar specialty plates, Jindal didn't join them... more »
  • Jindal approves revamp of state sexual assault standards

    June 23, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a package of bills to revamp how Louisiana treats victims of rape. The new standards dictate the way hospitals, authorities and public colleges investigate sexual assault and treat the victims. One key provision bars health care providers from billing victims... more »
  • Jindal agrees to legislative review of consulting contracts

    June 23, 2015 5:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will have approval authority over consulting contracts signed across state agencies, in response to complaints about wasteful spending. A year after vetoing the proposal, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent from Thibodaux. Most consulting and professional services contracts with a... more »
  • Dardenne says Disney, ABC halt new La. projects over tax credit law

    June 22, 2015 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne said that a moratorium has been put in place at Disney and ABC on new film projects in Louisiana because of changes to the state's film tax credit program. Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation Friday that caps payouts from the state at... more »
  • Jindal announces administration changes

    June 22, 2015 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is just days away from announcing his plans for the future. On Wednesday he's expected to reveal he's running for president. Jindal made some changes to his political administration on Friday. Director of Legislative Affairs Melissa Mann will take over for Kyle Plotkin as... more »
  • Jindal orders flags lowered for church shooting victims

    June 19, 2015 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the flags at the State Capitol and all other state buildings to be flown at half-staff through next Sunday in recognition of the nine victims of the South Carolina church shooting. Jindal issued an executive order Friday "out of respect" for... more »
  • Jindal strips budget language aimed at his campaign travel

    June 19, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed state lawmakers' attempt to curb taxpayer spending on the Republican governor's campaign travel as he readies a 2016 presidential bid. Jindal stripped language from next year's budget that would have prohibited the Louisiana State Police from paying for the governor's security detail... more »
  • Final decisions on budget awaited on last day of session

    June 11, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reached the last day of their legislative session, still trying to strike a final deal on next year's budget and the tax plans to finance it. Work must end by 6 p.m. Thursday. Legislative leaders say the House and Senate have largely agreed on how... more »
  • Jindal veto threat puts $282M for Louisiana colleges at risk

    June 10, 2015 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges could face a budget cut of $282 million if Gov. Bobby Jindal carries through on a threat to veto some tax changes lawmakers proposed to balance next year's spending plans. That's according to Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Hammond Republican, who circulated that information Wednesday... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to loosen rules on school textbook selection

    June 9, 2015 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local public school districts will have more freedom to choose their textbooks, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill backed by lawmakers. The measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in their classrooms.... more »
  • Senators don't want state police to pay for campaign travel

    June 8, 2015 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators don't think the state police should have to pay Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail costs if he's traveling the country to run for president. The Senate voted 29-5 Monday to prohibit the Louisiana State Police from paying out of its budget "for traveling with the... more »
  • Jindal to decide on bill to open future governors' records

    June 6, 2015 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide soon whether to make more of his successors' records available to the public. With a 37-0 vote Saturday, the Senate gave final passage to a bill that would place new limits on future governors' ability to keep their records secret. The changes... more »
  • Veto session possible Play Video

    June 5, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not once in modern history has a Louisiana governor vetoed the budget, but that might happen if lawmakers aren't willing to play ball. Governor Bobby Jindal has said he's willing to veto the budget if lawmakers don't give him the tax breaks he wants to offset the... more »
  • Louisiana National Guard mobilizes flood response efforts

    June 5, 2015 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard began mobilizing its flood response efforts in Northwest Louisiana to assist emergency officials Friday. Governor Bobby Jindal and state emergency officials urged local officials and state agencies to take immediate steps to combat flooding and protect homes and important infrastructure. The... more »
  • Closings, evacuations ordered as Red River rises

    June 5, 2015 5:33 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Governor Bobby Jindal surveyed flooded areas near the Red River and met with emergency officials in Caddo and Bossier parishes Friday. According to KTBS-TV, the Red River is flowing into homes and businesses from Texarkana to Natchitoches, prompting road closings and evacuations. Caddo-Bossier authorities are taking more... more »
  • Jindal traveling to flood-wary Bossier, Caddo Parishes

    June 4, 2015 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is traveling to northwest Louisiana tomorrow to meet with officials in Caddo and Bossier Parishes about the quickly-rising Red River. Officials expect the river to crest at 35.5 feet this weekend in Shreveport. That is the highest level in 70 years. While... more »
  • Cost control for TOPS program headed to Jindal for decision

    June 3, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide whether to place new spending restrictions on the TOPS free college tuition program. With a 28-6 vote Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate gave final legislative passage to the bill. The Republican governor opposed the cost-control measure, but his office hasn't answered questions of... more »
  • Jindal to announce political plans later this month

    June 3, 2015 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal is expected to announce his future political plans in just three weeks. According to his chief political advisor, the governor will reveal if he's running for president on June 24th in New Orleans. Governor Jindal formed a campaign exploratory committee in May, and has hinted... more »
  • House votes for TOPS program cost controls; Jindal opposed

    June 2, 2015 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana House has voted to put spending restrictions on the TOPS free college tuition program. The 61-33 vote Tuesday moved the proposal by Sen. Jack Donahue, a Mandeville Republican, one step from final passage. Under the bill, the... more »
  • Ban on billing rape victims for exams passed by Legislature

    June 2, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The common practice of billing rape victims for their medical exams should come to an end under changes to Louisiana law given final passage by state lawmakers. The two bills by Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat, now move to the desk of Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to change terms for sexual assault crimes

    June 2, 2015 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will change the terms used to describe sexual assault crimes, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a proposal headed to his desk. Authorities currently use "simple rape," ''forcible rape" and "aggravated rape" to describe the varying degrees of sexual assault charges. Under the bill by Rep.... more »
  • Financing plan for Medicaid expansion receives final passage

    June 2, 2015 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If Louisiana's next governor wants to expand the state Medicaid program to tap into billions of available federal health care dollars, state lawmakers have given him a way to help pay for it. The Senate voted 31-8 Monday for the financing tool contained in legislation by Republican... more »
  • Lawmakers clash over major tax credit

    June 2, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State lawmakers stalled over a major tax credit. They disagree over a bill that would create a higher education tax credit so the governor could say he still hasn't raised taxes. Governor Jindal has said he will veto any budget that increased taxes without a tax credit... more »
  • Jindal supports marijuana bills

    May 28, 2015 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he supports three bills concerning marijuana regulations on Thursday. The first bill would make it legal for pharmacists to dispense medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana for decades, but pharmacists are not allowed to dispense the drug. This year's... more »
  • Jindal plan to sell Baton Rouge welcome center hits snags

    May 21, 2015 5:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is rethinking its plan to sell a welcome center near the Louisiana Capitol after running into legislative resistance. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Wednesday that lawmakers have concerns about selling a building so close to the Capitol complex. She said: "We are listening... more »
  • TOPS bill moves forward Play Video

    May 20, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Legislators want to make changes to the TOPS college scholarship program, but the governor's office won't stand for it. Sen. Jack Donahue (R-Mandeville) is sponsoring a bill that will put spending restrictions on the free-tuition program. Two Senate bills moved through the House Education Committee Wednesday. Next,... more »
  • Session update: Representative Kenneth Havard Play Video

    May 20, 2015 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There are less than four weeks left in the legislative session and lawmakers are still trying to fill the budget gap. This morning Representative Kenneth Havard stopped by 2une in to give News 2's Kylie Dixon an update on what lawmakers have been discussing so far. "There... more »
  • Governor's mansion butler seeks to reduce life sentence

    May 19, 2015 9:04 AM

    GONZALES- Harrison Cage, Gov. Bobby Jindal's personal butler and a longtime state prison trustee, is asking a state district judge to reduce his mandatory life sentence for a 1991 second-degree murder. During a hearing Monday in court in Ascension Parish, Cage asked Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Jindal continues to call for revenue neutral budget Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At an informal meeting with reporters on Friday before leaving the state, Governor Bobby Jindal evaded specific questions about about tax credit rollbacks and repeated a general statement he gave Thursday after the state House approved millions of dollars in tax changes. "Any tax credit where... more »
  • Jindal administration to sell Baton Rouge welcome center

    May 5, 2015 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is preparing to sell a welcome center and adjacent parking garage in downtown Baton Rouge. The administration will ask for legislative signoff next week to declare the two structures surplus property, clearing the way for the sale process. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols... more »
  • Jindal's tax plan temporarily stalls, but revived within hours

    May 4, 2015 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A key piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to balance next year's budget sputtered briefly in the House tax committee, which initially rejected the tax plan only to revive it within hours and pass it. The proposal to scale back a tax credit for companies that pay local... more »
  • PAR calls for less budget magic tricks, more long-term solutions

    April 17, 2015 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Public Affairs Research Council issued a report Friday which compared Governor Bobby Jindal's plans to close a $1.6 billion budget hole to magic tricks, and warned that the reality could be much worse for hospitals and higher education than previously predicted. "Just about everyone knew... more »
  • Proposed $7 billion tax hike for new bridge Play Video

    April 16, 2015 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Karen St. Germain (D-Pierre Part) wants to add 1% to the state sales by passing a bill to raise $7 billion dollars over 10 years for new road and bridge construction. Germain is chairwoman of the House Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee. She says... more »
  • IBM strongly opposes Louisiana religious objection bill Play Video

    April 16, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM posted a letter Thursday voicing their concerns and "strong opposition" to a religious liberty bill being championed by Governor Bobby Jindal. IBM said in their letter that they were concerned H.B. 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act, would allow discrimination against same-sex couples. The company,... more »
  • $56 million in budget gaps estimated for this year

    April 16, 2015 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As if lawmakers didn't have enough budget worries with next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, state senators learned this year's budget is short an estimated $56 million. Sherry Phillips-Hymel, the Senate's chief budget analyst, gave the Senate Finance Committee a list Wednesday of outstanding financial gaps... more »
  • Public talks budget at the Capitol

    April 15, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Discussions on the budget will continue at the capitol today as day three of the legislative session gets underway. Several education items are also on the senate committee's agenda. Yesterday, the public got a chance to weigh in on the current financial fiasco that's facing the state.... more »
  • Common Core debate overlaps party lines Play Video

    April 13, 2015 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In his final legislative session as Governor, Bobby Jindal pushed his agenda and said eliminating common core is chief among the issues he wants lawmakers to tackle. To loud applause, Jindal called on lawmakers to get rid of the education standards. "That's why I'm here to tell... more »
  • Lawmakers unable to alleviate higher education woes Play Video

    April 8, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers had lots of questions for leaders of the state's higher education institutions, but offered few suggestions to cope with potentially crippling cuts. In a unanimous voice, leaders of state run universities and junior colleges begged lawmakers to spare them from devastating cuts proposed in the next... more »
  • Gas tax proposed to build new infrastructure

    April 7, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are proposing a 4 cent gas tax on top of the 20 cents Louisianians already pay at the pump. Representative Karen St. Germain is sponsoring the bill , she said it will provide revenue for new roads and bridges. The Plaquemine Democrat chairs the House Transportation,... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • State police travel expenses rise under Gov. Bobby Jindal

    March 31, 2015 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Expenses for the governor's state police security detail have gone up under Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he travels across the country raising his profile for a possible presidential campaign. Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of the Louisiana State Police, says his agency spent $2.2 million on travel expenses... more »

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