Smoke and mirrors in Jindal budget; Bourbon noise fight set to crescendo

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Budgetary legerdemain is nothing new, but Jindal has made it a template rather than a failsafe — and he’s running out of one-time money to throw at recurring expenses. That means lawmakers will have to cut more — and deeper. On the chopping block are $60 million worth of pay raises for state workers; $40 million for a higher education incentive fund (known as WISE) that Jindal touted earlier this year; and $6 million in new money for higher education.

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