Key Democratic leaders attended a Fiscal Hawks meeting last weekend in New Orleans.
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.
Outflanking the governor from the right, the Hawks took aim at budgetary gimmicks.
The budget is now before the House.
By changing which projects are affected, the bill would not raise more money next year, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office.
The Lens is live-blogging Friday's action in the House.
Two days after plan is drafted to trim some tax exemptions, vote count is uncertain.
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.
It would preserve $100 million that Jindal wanted to take from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The money, in some cases accumulated over years, will help balance next year's books. But what about the year after?