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.

Get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here.

Countdown…
Days until session ends: 34
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 169
Days until the runoff (as needed): 198

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor is slated to appear at the Rutherford County Tennessee GOP Reagan Day event today. http://bit.ly/1ETkzlL

He will have a press briefing with Louisiana reporters before he leaves.

Tomorrow, he’s slated to take part in the South Carolina Freedom Summit. http://bit.ly/1ETkE9d

The News

Big story: Supporters of the state’s colleges and universities came up as big winners Thursday when the Louisiana House approved a series of changes in the state’s tax laws that would raise $664 million next year. http://bit.ly/LATaxDayUpdates

Higher Ed: Here’s a roundup of what higher education leaders had to say about the House’s revenue-generating measures: http://bit.ly/1Im1Ul3

Marriage and Conscience Act: Rep. Mike Johnson’s controversial, Jindal-backed religious freedom bill has drawn more business opposition and New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s ire. http://bit.ly/1IljwNY

Transportation: Without fanfare, a powerful Senate committee Thursday approved a bill that would end plans to move about $400 million per year from the state’s general revenue fund to one for roads and bridges only. http://bit.ly/1DVarVL

Film tax credits: The Louisiana Senate on Thursday endorsed a series of bills revamping the state’s film tax credit program. http://bit.ly/1IlpRJ8

Auction block: The Jindal administration will sell another 201 state vehicles at auction Saturday. http://bit.ly/1DVaMrE

State employees: The Louisiana House has kept alive the potential of a cost-of-living increase in the pension checks for more than 100,000 retired state employees and teachers. http://bit.ly/1DVapNv

No White Flags: Former Saints safety Steve Gleason addressed the House in an emotional, inspiring break from the tax talk Thursday: http://bit.ly/1DV9fBR

DC: Former New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo would take a permanent position as an U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary, if the U.S. Senate confirms her appointment. http://bit.ly/1DV9DjJ

From Twitter ….

Calendar

  • Gov. Jay Dardenne, candidate for governor, continues his tour across the state with more stops to mark National Tourism Week.
  • The LSU Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m.
  • It’s graduation day at Southern Unoversity! State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome will speak. http://bit.ly/1PuIwCV

The House and Senate have wrapped up their week. They?ll return Monday, with the House Appropriations and Ways & Means committees scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. to continue work on the state budget crisis.

Get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here.