Legislators thinking for themselves: A revolt in Jindal’s ranks?

House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter

By Robert Mann

Tuesday’s Baton Rouge Advocate did not deliver good news to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Does he have a budding revolt on his hands? (In other states, this is known as “legislators thinking for themselves.”)

Does the small spark of independence we’re seeing portend a difficult legislative session for Jindal this spring?

Here’s why there may be some cause for concern (or celebration, depending on one’s point of view):

In a front-page story about the growing costs of the state’s TOPS program, Jindal’s handpicked House Education Committee chairman, Steve Carter, implies that nothing will change with the state-funded college tuition program until Jindal quits taking orders from the widow of late Louisiana oilman Patrick Taylor.

Here’s how reporter Koran Addo reports it:

Another problem is that TOPS, in its current form, has one very strong supporter in Phyllis M. Taylor, chairwoman of the Patrick…

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Posted on February 18, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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