Louisiana faces a possible $2 billion budget shortfall next year, and the state is being hit hard by unemployment. Yet Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), rumored to be a future presidential candidate, said this weekend that he may turn down the roughly $3.8 billion for the state in the economy recovery package, which is expected to create 50,000 jobs:
We’ll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars,” Jindal said.
Jindal seems to be taking an even harder line than his colleagues, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who both may accept stimulus money while opposing the stimulus legislation. Jindal is scheduled to give the official GOP response to President Obama’s address next Tuesday.