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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