La. elected officials say Jindal budget leaves service gaps

Credit: The News Star

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the governor’s spending proposal for the upcoming budget year doesn’t include money to pay for Louisiana to hold a presidential primary.

Schedler told the House Appropriations Committee that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget also would force him to shutter his voter outreach division and limit the days museums under his control would be open.

Wednesday was the first of two days of budget hearings about the agencies managed by Louisiana’s statewide elected officials. The officials are increasingly at odds with Jindal over finances as the state grapples with a $1.6 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Jindal’s budget would make it difficult for his department to carry out food inspections and offer assistance programs for farmers.

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