Governor Bobby Jindal announced the resignation of longtime Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges late Friday after news broke that she expanded an alternative fuel tax break which the Governor promptly halted. Bridges has served 12 years as Revenue Secretary, under three Governors. The announcement comes on the heels of Jindal slashing the budgets of political rivals Treasury Secretary John Kennedy and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. Also this week, Jindal announcement vetoes on several bills passed by legislators who had opposed some of the Governor's education package bills, with one legislator stripped of his title as vice chairman of a legislative committee.
A few weeks ago, Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Field, 72, was planning to seek his third six-year term, but abruptly made calls and announced Friday that he will not run. Rumors had been flying that Field would face opposition from Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle, which would shift control of the district from the Baton Rouge area to the Lafayette region. Read why Field decided not to run at the link below.