Governor Bobby Jindal opens the 2014 legislative session in Baton Rouge. The 85 day session is now open after a 20 minute speech from the governor.
And if there was one issue he emphasized more than any other, it’s jobs. The governor introduced people who have benefited from what Jindal says are his work force efforts, including one from Winnfield, who moved back home to take a job in Pineville.
He says he’s committed to making Louisiana a place where people can make a living.
“To me, that’s the American dream. The dream that each of us has the opportunity to excel if we are willing to work hard to achieve our goals. I want that for every child born in our state. That’s what we must continue to work towards every single day,” says Jindal.
The governor listed three priorities for his agenda: higher education, lawsuit reform and bills to combat human trafficking. There was no mention of some issues that are certain to create controversy, like common core, medical marijuana and medicaid expansion.
Critics wonder how much he’ll be involved in this non-fiscal session, because he’s spending so much time out of state, stumping for GOP candidates. There is a 25-billion-dollar budget to be adopted, and there was little mention of that.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/7/14