Tapping the state’s piggy bank has helped Jindal and legislators avoid tax hikes. But after pulling $255 million out of the rainy day fund, the state now has to find a way to replenish it in two years. But tax revenues are not forecast to rise enough to provide the money, foreshadowing tough choices ahead.
Lawmakers and statewide officials describe decreasing access to a governor who has cultivated alliances, but few friendships, over the years. His allies say they are satisfied dealing with Jindal’s staff; others say he would accomplish more if he were more hands-on.