Today in The Rundown: It’s budget day at the Capitol; both governor candidates have called on legislators to reject Jindal’s deficit plan; another forecaster says the state’s leaning toward an Edwards win on Saturday; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the runoff: 1
Days until gubernatorial inauguration: 52

The News

Budget: Just hours before the Legislature’s joint budget committee was slated to take up Gov. Jindal’s plan for the deficit, both gubernatorial candidates slammed the proposal in dueling press conferences. http://bit.ly/1LoSp1V

LA Gov: Is House District 50 a bellwether in the governor’s race? Residents talk Edwards, Vitter. http://bit.ly/1QRwCHe

Polls & Predictions: Sabato’s Crystal Ball has shifted its prediction for Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff to “Leans Democrat.” http://bit.ly/1SIFmOm

Political ads: The ad war in the Louisiana governor’s race has topped $17.3 million. http://bit.ly/1SIrHqp

Transportation: A key state panel has set a blueprint for sweeping Louisiana road and bridge improvements. http://bit.ly/1QRw44a

Jindal: A judge has agreed that the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging Gov. Jindal’s Marriage and Conscience executive order can move forward. http://bit.ly/1LoWZNz

AG: The race for attorney general has been low profile but tense. http://bit.ly/1LplpGU

Hospitals: A judge has blocked LSU’s attempt to remove a foundation from its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals’ operations. http://bit.ly/1QRwirU

At The Capitol

It’s BUDGET day!
At 9 a.m. House Appropriations and Senate Finance meet, and immediately after that, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets. They’ll take up Gov. Jindal’s proposal that seeks to address the budget gap. Follow along here.

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