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A distant figure to most legislators in recent years, of late Jindal has become even more remote as he steps up out-of-state travels for a presumed presidential campaign. The question is whether Jindal’s presidential yearnings will undercut the home-state record he needs to run on.
The state has sold bonds for construction projects, but in some cases hasn’t built them. That could run afoul of IRS rules meant to ensure that governments spend bond money rather than invest it. Lawmakers have shifted about $70 million in construction funding to deal with the problem.