State lawmakers have just nine more days to wind up the annual legislative session in Baton Rouge — and the most important business remains unfinished. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst & Gambit columnist
Every year, lawmakers wait until the final week to wrap up the most important business of the session: the annual state budget. This year is no exception.
What is new this year is the House of Representatives’ independent streak. In most years, the governor submits a budget and lawmakers more or less rubber-stamp it. That didn’t happen this year. At least, not in the House.
A group of conservatives, known as the fiscal hawks, has challenged Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budgets for several years. They say he’s using one-time money for recurring expenses, which he promised not to do. This year, they succeeded in re-writing the budget in the House.
The budget is now in the Senate, where it’s likely to get re-written again — probably more to the governor’s liking.
Jindal may win this fight in the end, but I think the fiscal hawks have done taxpayers a service by calling attention to the governor’s broken promises. In future years, if his popularity continues to slide, Bobby Jindal have a tougher time getting lawmakers to go along with his broken promises.
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