Competing for State Money

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

State dollars are in short supply and Governor Jindal is calling for drastic changes to make up the difference.

Currently, more than half of the state’s funds are locked up in specific programs, but the Governor wants to change that. During the legislative session, Jindal announced he will ask lawmakers to make changes to the way agencies receive state funds, asking that they all compete for dollars. The main reason for this, when it’s time to make cuts, public colleges and healthcare programs are usually the first to lose funding.

Jindal says he also wants the approval to make deep cuts in a budget crisis, but he needs voters to change the State Constitution for that to happen.