Bobby Jindal's New Test
Conservatives are hailing Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as a Republican Barack Obama -- their own brilliant, youthful star who will be ready for the national ...
Conservatives are hailing Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as a Republican Barack Obama -- their own brilliant, youthful star who will be ready for the national stage before anyone expected. John Maginnis cautions, however, that tough days may be ahead for Jindal:
Jindal took office with a $1 billion unspent surplus from the Blanco administration, which he and lawmakers promptly spent before rolling up a new surplus of $865 million for the fiscal year just ended. In the current budget, he asked the Legislature to increase state spending by $1 billion. The only cutting he did was of taxes--some that he proposed, some that he took credit for. No wonder, as his national star rose, there were no complaints on the homefront.
It was quite a year, but it is ending early. Even before Jindal can set a plan for spending last year's surplus, he sees the bottom falling out for the year ahead, with a projected deficit of $1.3 billion and the possibility of running out of money before the current budget year ends June 30.
Budget shortfalls aren't always political negatives for governors. Being able to claim that you solved a problem is sometimes a better story than simply coasting off of inherited prosperity. But that's only true, of course, if you do solve the problem.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
State Governments Struggle to Close Their Own Gender Pay Gaps4 hours ago
Judge: Texas Can't Kick Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid4 hours ago
St. Louis Protects Women's Health Decisions, and Missouri Lawmakers Aren't Happy4 hours ago
Maryland's Assault Rifle Ban Passes U.S. Court Muster4 hours ago
How Some Places Are Easing the Often-Fatal Transition From a Psych Ward14 hours ago
Feds Halt High-Speed Rail in California17 hours ago