Barfield takes job as Jindal revenue secretary

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal officially has a new revenue secretary, months after he named who he wanted in the job.

Tim Barfield told lawmakers Thursday that he was formally appointed as secretary of the Department of Revenue.

Barfield started working as department head in October, but he was called executive counsel in order to get a pay hike. His $250,000 salary was twice what was included in this year's budget.

Jindal put Barfield in the executive counsel job to circumvent the salary cap on the secretary's position, until lawmakers agreed to the pay hike in next year's budget.

Barfield received Senate confirmation Thursday, despite objections from Democratic Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who said Barfield's appointment was improperly handled by the administration. She called his time as executive counsel a “shell game.”

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