Jindal strips budget language aimed at his campaign travel

Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed state lawmakers’ attempt to curb taxpayer spending on the Republican governor’s campaign travel as he readies a 2016 presidential bid.

Jindal stripped language from next year’s budget that would have prohibited the Louisiana State Police from paying for the governor’s security detail to travel with Jindal for “campaign purposes.”

The governor has line-item veto authority over the budget. In his veto message, Jindal said he struck the language because it would limit the state police’s “budgetary discretion.”

Lawmakers have shown increasing irritation about the rising state costs associated with Jindal’s frequent travel across the country as he builds a presidential campaign he’s expected to announce Wednesday.

The state police travel expenses have been going up for Jindal’s protective detail, even amid ongoing state budget shortfalls.

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