Jindal in Spotlight

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

Governor Bobby Jindal continues to make waves on the national stage. NBC 33’s Lauren Unger has been tracking the Governor’s movements in Washington. This weekend the Governor has seen plenty of face time from talks with President Barack Obama to an appearance on Meet the Press. The biggest issue at stake in all these appearances: something that could hit close to the wallet for many in Louisiana.

He’s on Meet the Press, quickly becoming a national figure in the Republican party, but the latest issue putting him in the headlines is whether our state will accept billions of dollars in stimulus money. So far, Jindal has confirmed he won’t accept part of the money, aimed at expanding unemployment insurance coverage. On Meet the Press he spoke against the plan and offered his own solutions. “Let’s really invest in our infrastructure, let’s do targeted temporary spending. Let’s do some tax cut, let’s get the economy moving.”

Bernie Pinsonat, of Southern Media and Opinion Research, says a lot of the hype around Jindal and the stimulus plan comes down to politics. “What are we seeing, we’re seeing this nothing part of the bill becoming political football not only nationally, but locally.”

Meanwhile people we spoke with say they hope Jindal will think carefully before turning down any money. Arthur Trask says, “See if it would work before decline anything. We are in a state of recession, so I mean if anything at all, give it a chance.” Charleta Turner agrees, “I think he should take it. We need all the help we can get for the economy.”

If the legislature disagrees with the Governor’s choice to reject some of the money, they can actually pass a resolution to accept the cash and go over the Governor’s head.