Jindal Gives Thoughts On Legislative Session
Governor Jindal says he is generally pleased with the overall outcome of the 2011 legislative session. The Governor says lawmakers successfully carried out their main task -- delivering a working state budget that deals with a billion dollar revenue shortfall. Several key Jindal legislative agenda items were given final passage by lawmakers, like a Constitutional Amendment to fix the state's so-called Rainy Day Fund, so it can be used effectively when budgets are tight. He says grades-based college scholarships have also been given a better funding source.
Some of Jindal's legislative wish list was denied by lawmakers, though, including the merger of UNO and SUNO, the privatization of three state prisons, a plan to privatize some state worker insurance and others. Jindal says he has no regrets from the session. Jindal says he'll try some of his initiatives again next year.