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Gov Jindal talks budget controversy

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 4:54pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:21am

The battle over budget began to see movement today as Governor Jindal addressed three highly debated issues planned for discussion this week.

Governor Jindal opened this session by reasserting his plan to solve the $1.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. This morning, he summarized three proposals he believes will fill the gap without costing tax payers.

The state's TOPS program was his first priority. TOPS is the scholarships program for Louisiana students who attend a state college. Jindal says he wants to keep the program going.

An amendment has been drafted to protect $42 million of annual funding in place.

But that's where his plans to prevent cuts, stops.

The highly controversial move to privatize state prisons and the Office of Group Benefits are gaining the most attention.

In both cases he says that privatizing will create competition, and save money for the state in the long term. However, those plans have been met with serious opposition.

Governor Jindal did say he is open to any policy that would provide an alternative or reduce spending, but will veto any that raises taxes.

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