BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his longstanding refusal to raise taxes while avoiding deep slashes to health care and colleges that might damage a national campaign.
The Republican governor”s administration on Friday showed lawmakers his proposal to close a $1.6 billion shortfall for the budget year that begins July 1.
The plan would avoid worst-case scenarios of widespread college program closures and health service shutdowns. But it puts Jindal at odds with the business community, because it seeks to scale back $526 million in corporate tax credits.
Lawmakers also are being asked to consider fee hikes on college students, businesses and drivers to drum up new cash without violating Jindal”s rigid rule against tax increases.