The cover story in this week's Independent out of Lafayette spells out how Governor Bobby Jindal's "fuzzy math" has failed Louisiana. Writer Jeremy Alford details how Jindal rolled back taxes that voters had approved, funded legislator's pet projects and squandered Louisiana's $1 billion budget surplus he inherited from Governor Kathleen Blanco. Along the way, he raised salaries in the executive branch to an all-time high and concentrated on championing laws against online sex predators while the state's finances collapsed around him. Read it all at the link below.
Efforts to shorten Louisiana's 14-hour Election Day failed in the Senate Committee after a bill cutting one hour off of the day passed the House. Louisiana's election day is the second longest in the nation. Secretary of State Tom Schedler sought the change, while the Professional Firefighters Association and the AFL-CIO argued that it would make it harder for those who work shifts to vote.