Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.

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Countdown…
Days until session ends: 21
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 158
Days until the runoff (as needed): 187

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor did not have any reported events outside of Louisiana scheduled today. On Friday, he’s slated to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

The News

Budget Crunch: After weeks of wrangling and raising money, the Louisiana House on today takes up a state spending plan full of increased revenues and deep cuts in government services. http://bit.ly/1dlSs5Y

Welcome Center Saga: Now the Jindal administration is rethinking its plan to sell the Capitol Park Welcome Center after running into legislative resistance. http://bit.ly/1BcHuF0

GOP 2016: Unless Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal picks up some popularity points in the next couple of months, he’s unlikely to find himself on stage debating the top-tier candidates for the GOP’s presidential nomination this fall. http://bit.ly/1dlSx9N

Angola: A new lawsuit claims conditions are grossly inadequate at the Louisiana State Penitentary. http://bit.ly/1R5bf3O

Common Core: Legislation that is part of a three-bill agreement on Common Core won easy approval Wednesday in the Louisiana Senate 36-1. http://bit.ly/1dlSNWi

Black bear:The Louisiana black bear, the inspiration for the iconic stuffed animal named after President Theodore Roosevelt, got some good news Wednesday when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it is no longer in danger of extinction during the next 100 years. http://bit.ly/1dlSU4d

Public records: Future governors’ ability to shield records from the public would be limited under a measure headed to the Louisiana House for debate. http://bit.ly/1PX2KFC

NOLA: Looking for a way to secure the money needed to attract big sporting events, like the Super Bowl, a Louisiana House committee has advanced legislation that would create a fund for that purpose. http://bit.ly/1dlTcIe

Guest column: LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander says “tensions are high and the threat to higher education is still very real. On Thursday, House Bill 1 is scheduled to be heard by the full House of Representatives, and it holds the key to higher education’s success … or failure.” http://bit.ly/1BcJlty

Calendar

House and Senate come in at 9 a.m.

House Order of the Day: http://bit.ly/LAHouseOrder
Senate Daily Digest: http://bit.ly/LASenateDigest

Watch the House online: http://bit.ly/LAHouseChamber
Watch the Senate online: http://bit.ly/LASenateChamber

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