Welcome to The Rundown, your go-to source for news about Louisiana politics, the Louisiana Legislature and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.
Days until session ends: 38
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 173
Days until the runoff (as needed): 202
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor did not have out-of-state events slated for today.
GOP 2016: Gov. Bobby Jindal participated in the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit, fielding several questions including a request from one audience member who asked Jindal to move to California to become governor there when his Louisiana term ends. http://bit.ly/1E8ft1t
Jindal & Iowa: The comments about Gov. Bobby Jindal that surfaced last week from some influential Iowa conservatives must have sounded like music to the ears of the cadre rooting for him to win the Republican nomination for president in 2016. http://bit.ly/1E8gruF
Bayou Health: After three years in operation, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature effort to privatize Medicaid might be saving taxpayers millions of dollars and providing about 20 percent of the state’s population with better health care. Or it might not. http://bit.ly/1E8fHG1
Medicaid expansion: After three years of refusing, the Louisiana Legislature seems poised to slip in the Medicaid expansion, a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law. http://bit.ly/1bJ712E
Budget crunch: Legislative leaders say Ways and Means is approving virtually all revenue-raising measures that come before the committee — even if they conflict with one another — to give lawmakers a multitude of ways to try to find the money needed to close a projected budget shortfall of $1.6 billion. All of the tax measures are now before the full House and could be voted on as early as this week. http://bit.ly/1E8fZg9
Construction: Year after year, lawmakers pack so many projects into Louisiana’s construction budget that it leaves the governor to choose the favored ones, doling out goodies like Santa Claus.
Frustrated House members wanting more control over how the state prioritizes its construction spending are trying to change that. http://bit.ly/1E8g5Ei
Politician discipline: Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, currently serving a 13-year prison sentence, has been disbarred from the practice of law in Louisiana by the state Supreme Court. http://bit.ly/1E8gdnv
Credit ratings: With the threat of deep budget cuts looming, Standard & Poor’s is sounding an alarm on five Louisiana higher education institutions. http://bit.ly/1E8glDq
Must read: Decades-old unsolved deaths of 10 women still haunt Baton Rouge investigators. http://bit.ly/1E8fMJV
- 11 a.m.: U.S. Sen. David Vitter will announce an endorsement in the governor’s race.
- Noon: Governor candidates Vitter, Scott Angelle and John Bel Edwards will speak at the 2015 Oil & Gas Industry Day.
- Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, another candidate for governor, will hold several stops across the state to kick off National Tourism Week.
- Appropriations meets 9 a.m.
- Ways and Means meets 9 a.m.
- Transportation, Highways, and Public Works meets 10 a.m.
- Finance meets 10 am.
- Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets 1 p.m.
The House is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m., and the Senate’s slated to come in at 4 p.m.