The team has also been assembling a list of people to fill key jobs in a Trump administration. Some have been close to home. Among those discussed for attorney general are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign adviser who heads the Trump transition team, and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, according to two campaign aides. Mr. Trump’s slim campaign team, which has included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, may form the core of a Trump administration. Names discussed for Health and Human Services secretary include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson, one of Mr. Trump’s former primary rivals, one member of the transition team said.
Brooklyn has voted: New Orleans is over! As the state gears up for its March 5 presidential primary, New Orleanians march for Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Bel Edwards dumps on Bobby Jindal, abortion rights have virtually disappeared, and the state budget is the contents of my couch. Also this week: A rare #NOLAscanner hat trick.
As president my first act will be banning articles where New Orleans is compared to Brooklyn— Kaitlin Marone 2016 (@immerspaetlin) February 27, 2016
A common refrain among some lawmakers in Baton Rouge these days is that we should “look forward” and stop blaming former Gov. Bobby Jindal for Louisiana’s unprecedented fiscal crisis. If those lawmakers were to read the latest annual report by the Legislative Auditor, they’d change their tune.
According to the auditor, the Jindal Administration failed to timely file the vast majority of statutorily required reports on more than $1 billion a year in tax incentive giveaways for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.
“We found that three of the six agencies that administer tax incentives submitted reports as of March 23, 2015. As a result, the Legislature only received information on five of the 79 tax incentives administered by these agencies,” the auditor’s report states on page 17.
“In addition, of the 79 tax incentive reports agencies were required to submit to the Legislature by March 1, 2014, 70 (89%) either were not submitted or did not comply with all of the reporting requirements. According to the Department of Revenue’s Tax Exemption Budgets, the revenue loss from tax incentives claimed in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 for which agencies provided no information or did not comply with reporting requirements totaled approximately $1.1 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.”
You read that correctly: $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2013 and $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2014.
There’s our budget deficit right there, folks.
After a jumbo-sized Mardi Gras Y@ Speak, we're trimming down for the sobering post-Carnival reality of the state's economic Code Red — appropriate for Valentine's Day. Zuck, care to help?
Student: I got a 4.0 and a 31 on the ACT— lemmeborrow$20 (@tyeelurr) February 12, 2016
TOPS: New phone, who dis?
Here’s a riddle for you: What’s more ridiculous than Bobby Jindal’s campaign for president? Answer: Bobby Jindal’s “Farewell Tour” of Louisiana, now playing in a half-filled auditorium near you.
The notion of Jindal doing a farewell tour of the state he has ignored for most of the past eight years is beyond preposterous. It’s beyond Orwellian, even for a master of doublespeak like Jindal.
Truth is Jindal bade farewell to Louisiana long ago. He traded our future for his delusional ambitions when he convinced himself he could be taken seriously as a presidential candidate.
As a result, he focused his attention on Des Moines rather than on Des Allemands. He courted crowds in Davenport when he should have kept clinics open in Shreveport. He hustled voters in Newton when he should have helped families in New Orleans.
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